Allen Public Library Presents: Chitlin Circuit and the Road to Rock ’N’ Roll

The road to Rock ‘n’ Roll was paved by the numerous African-American musicians and promoters of the 1930s and ‘40s who were forced to perform in venues that were safe for them during this time of intense segregation.  This informal network of juke joints and clubs gave us artists such as Louis Jordan, T-Bone Walker and Wynonie Harris.

Acclaimed journalist Preston Lauterbach discusses his exciting book The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ‘N’ Roll. Because of Lauterbach’s documentation of the fascinating stories of these talented yet often forgotten musicians, American musical history is more complete.  In recognition of Lauterbach’s accomplishment, he is also a featured author at the 2011 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas

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