A Piece of the True Cross(roads) in Clarksdale, Mississippi

  • Please note: Dr. Motley offers a 1.5h colloquium this spring, The Cultures of the Mississippi Delta (HON 300-001, CRN: 31757, Tue, 12.45-2.05, Cherry Hall 211)

Event Location: Clay Motley @ Far Away Places, Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1680 Campbell Lane.

Perhaps no other place in America is as singularly linked to its music history as this small southern city on Highway 61 seventy-seven miles south of Memphis.  Here, since the early twentieth century, an astonishing number of significant musicians were born or lived from W. C. Handy, Son House, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters to Sam Cooke and Ike Turner while Influential blues artists like Charles Patton and Robert Johnson played in its juke joints, and some argue the first rock and roll song was written and rehearsed in 1951.

clarksdale, mississippi

Clarksdale, Mississippi Population: 17,733

Clay Motley, Associate Director for Academics for the WKU Honors College, has done extensive research on the blues, early country, and early rock n’ roll between 1920 and 1955. He is currently working on a grant-funded research project to examine the city, its history and its musical heritage.

His talk will focus on how Clarksdale’s political and business leaders have recently begun using the city’s rich music history and culture to attract tourism and spark desperately needed economic revitalization.

We hope you’ll join us to learn  why tourists from around the world are attracted to this unique locale in the Mississippi Delta.

(Source: WKU Libraries Blog, Oct 25, 2013)

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