Lessons From Memphis' Music Past Key Its Music Future 

"They were outsiders.

"Poor, unsophisticated, and living on the margins, they created music that carved out a mythic reputation for Memphis around the world.

"Their heirs today are by their nature also outsiders, and perhaps, this is the fundamental fact of life that is hardest to grasp in Memphis’ quest to channel past music glories which defy top-down business plans. If this isn’t challenge enough, doing it in the midst of a music industry whose old business models are in meltdown gives our city special opportunities. ...

The smart folks at Smart City Memphis have an interesting and provocative take on Memphis' music -- past and future.

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