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Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis - 33 1/3 series

Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis - 33 1/3 series
Your Price: $12.95 CDN
Author: Warren Zanes
Publisher: Continuum
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 128
Pub. Date: 2003
ISBN-10: 0826414923
ISBN-13: 9780826414922

About the Book:

By turns obsessive, passionate, creative, and informed, the 33 1/3 series explores critically acclaimed and much-loved albums by famous recording artists.

Dusty Springfield's beautiful and bizarre magnum opus Dusty in Memphis remains as fine a hybrid of pop and rhythm and blues as has ever been made. In this remarkable book, Warren Zanes explores his own love affair with the record. He digs deep into the album's Memphis roots and talks to several of the key characters who were involved in its creation; many of whom were — like author Zanes — outsiders drawn to the American South and mesmerized by its hold over the imagination.

As Warren Zanes comments in the book, "The love that is the subject of Dusty in Memphis is different from the love of her earlier songs: it is a love that is all at once diffuse, dark, unpredictable, ecstatic, and a terrible deal. It is a love too big for the lyrical (and for that matter musical) framework of Dusty's earlier pop productions, no matter the breadth of that work. Like Memphis itself, the love that is the subject of Dusty in Memphis is indeed bursting with the contrary: it happens not simply when you yearn for it, as in some adolescent dream, but when you're not prepared for it; it reveals itself not simply under the star-filled skies where a moon hangs low — in fact, as the first and last tracks on side one attest, it might be at its best when the sun's just arriving at work."

What people say:

"The inaugural volume, Dusty in Memphis by Warren Zanes, sets the template for the series beautifully." — Ugly Things

"A heartfelt dive into the world of 60s R&B … dazzling." — Pop Culture Press

"Artfully blends academic citation, personal memoir, and pungent commentary from Dusty in Memphis principals such as producer Jerry Wexler." — Rolling Stone

"Zanes ruminates eloquently on the history of Atlantic Records and the myth of the American South." — Tracks Magazine

About the Author:

Warren Zanes was a member of roots-rock band The Del Fuegos in the 1980s. Since then he has completed a PhD in Visual and Cultural Arts at the University of Rochester. He has also released two acclaimed solo albums and served as the Vice President of Education at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.