Mojo Triangle: Birthplace of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock 'n' Roll

Mojo Triangle: Birthplace of Country, Blues, Jazz and Rock 'n' Roll

by James L. Dickerson


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The winner of the 2006 IPPY Award for best non-fiction book from the South (presented by the Independent Publishers Association), the Mojo Triangle tells the true story—at long last—of the birth of the blues, rock 'n' roll, country and jazz!

Draw a straight line from New Orleans to Nashville, then over to Memphis and back down to New Orleans, following the curves of the Mississippi River, and you have the Mojo Triangle, a phrase coined by the author in the early 2000's.

"So much of what has been written about the music of the South is untrue," says Dickerson. "I wanted to set the record straight and put the development of the music in perspective. The Mojo Triangle is a land area in which all of America's original roots music was created: country, blues, jazz, and rock 'n' roll. How did this music come about? What is there about the Mojo Triangle that has contributed to the creation of so much original music?"

The book points out that although the music itself was created in the geographical area defined by the Mojo Triangle, the two portals through which the various musical components entered and then morphed into the finished products were Natchez, Mississippi and Nashville, Tennessee, with the Natchez Trace serving as the main artery.

Based on interviews with the recording artists, musicians, producers and songwriters who created and performed the music, it traces the development of the music from the early 1800s up to the present day.

There is probably no author in history who has interviewed as many music legends and musicians as the author—and the reader benefits from that experience in a big way. Among the music legends who participate are: Al Green, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, Carl Perkins, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Chet Atkins, Ike Turner, Jack Clement, Marty Stuart, Mose Allison, Rita Coolidge, Roy Orbison, Scotty Moore, Tammy Wynette, Vince Gill, Waylon Jennings, Garth Brooks, Chips Moman, Billy Sherrill, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Jimme Vaughan, Willie Mitchell, Booker T. & the MGs, Bobby Womack, Estelle Axton, Dave Edmunds, Pinetop Perkins, Bobbie Gentry, and the list goes on and on.

This incredible book, which contains rare photographs, some of which were taken by the author himself, not only allows the music greats themselves to express themselves about the music they made famous, it explains for the first time the development of America’s music.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941644331
Publisher: Sartoris Literary Group
Publication date: 11/01/2018
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

After a career as a journalist for three Pulitzer Prize winning dailies, The Commercial Appeal of Memphis, the Clarion Ledger-Jackson Daily News, and the Delta Democrat-Times of Greenville (MS), he began a career as a full-time author. His book Mojo Triangle: Birthplace of Country,

Blues, Jazz and Rock 'n' Roll earned a first place award from the Independent Publishers Association, and two music-related books, Goin' Back to Memphis (since republished as Memphis Going Down) and That's Alright, Elvis, co-written with Elvis Presley's first guitarist, Scotty Moore, were finalists for the prestigious Gleason award. He co-wrote a second book with Moore titled Scotty & Elvis. Dickerson lives in the Metro Jackson, Mississippi, area. This is his first movie rights sale. Two of his books have been translated into Chinese by publishers in China.

Table of Contents


Finding the Cradle of American Music


The Natchez Trace: Spiritual Aorta of American Music


Mississippi Delta: Highway 61 Revisited


Memphis: Great Balls of Fire


New Orleans: The Gumbo That Keeps on Giving


Muscle Shoals: When a Man Loves a Woman … 189


Nashville: Workin’ On the Next Big Thing



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