By Gary Kamiya

Cool, grey urban of Love brings jointly an exuberant mix of non-public perception, deeply researched heritage, in-depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an extraordinary portrait of San Francisco. every one of its forty nine chapters explores a selected website or intersection within the urban, from the strong Golden Gate Bridge to the raunchy Tenderloin to the hovering sea cliffs at Land's End.

This special approach captures the exhilarating event of jogging via San Francisco's chic terrain, whereas even as tying that have to a background as rollicking and unpredictable because the urban herself. From her absurd beginnings because the so much far-off and moth-eaten outpost of the world's such a lot huge empire, to her instant repute through the Gold Rush, from her apocalyptic destruction via earthquake and fireplace to her perennial embody of rebels, dreamers, hedonists and misfits of all stripes, the town via the Bay has continuously a trajectory as wildly self sufficient because the untrammeled typical forces that created her.

This formidable, eclectic, and fantastically written publication attracts on every thing from on-the-ground reporting to imprecise educational papers to the author's 40-year existence in San Francisco to create a wealthy and insightful portrait of a paranormal nook of the area. entire with hand-drawn maps ofthe 49locations, this good-looking package deal will sit down with ease at the brief shelf of putting up with books approximately locations, along E. B. White's Here is New York, Jose Saramago's Journey to Portugal, or Alfred Kazin's A Walker within the City.

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The stone’s inscription reads: Booker W. ” His date of birth might actually be 1906. Blessed with a powerful voice and powerful arms that got a lot of sound out of a metal guitar, White first recorded in the 1930s, doing both blues and gospel. ” The song became a hit, but White had gotten into a scrape and been imprisoned at Parchman in the meantime. Upon his release in 1940, he recorded again, with the record company bringing in Washboard Sam to modernize the sound. Those recordings are highly regarded by blues fans, but White temporarily left the music world after making them.

On the other hand, some casinos present big-name soulblues acts in concert in their theaters. Call the casinos for schedules or check the listings in the Memphis (for the Tunica area), Greenville, Vicksburg, Gulfport, or Biloxi newspapers. One casino—the Horseshoe, near Robinsonville—named its theater “Bluesville” and installed a blues museum. Curiously, Bluesville’s music programming tends to be less blues-oriented than that of the other casinos. And that museum has closed. JOOK JOINTS These places (sometimes spelled “juke joints”) are not named after the jukeboxes found in them—rather, it’s the other way 19 16941-BluesTraveling3rdEd 20 8/14/08 8:18 AM Page 20 Looking for the Blues around.

Inside, people sit and drink and talk to their friends. This book includes jooks that regularly feature live music—or have atmosphere, an older clientele, and play recorded blues. But ask around. Places open and close abruptly. You might find one we missed, or one that just happens to have live music the weekend you’re in town (and the one that usually has live music just might not have it while you’re there). DANGER? Walking into any bar where you are a stranger can be unnerving. And the apprehension can be magnified when you’re far from home and don’t dress or talk like the other people there, who all seem to know each other.

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