Traveling through Mississippi with this guide, you will experience the past, present and future of the blues in museums, at historical sites, at festivals and in juke joints. The deep scars of slavery, racism, segregation and the Black resistance against it can be seen in many places, and is documented in many moving museums.
Blues & Civil Rights Traveling through Mississippi with this guide, you will experience the past, present and future of the blues in museums, at historical sites, at festivals and in juke joints. The deep scars of slavery, racism, segregation and the Black resistance against it can be seen in many places, and is documented in many moving museums. The guide also leads you to the white sands of the Gulf Coast, along the mighty Mississippi River, to the cotton fields of the Delta and the hills in Northern Mississippi. New Orleans, Louisiana and Memphis, Tennessee are also featured — all cities associated with both the blues and the civil rights movement of Mississippi. This Odyssee Travel Guide offers: - Accurate descriptions of known and unknown sights - Bright, colorful layout that makes it easy to plan your route - Nine maps, color photos and a detailed index - Relevant information about history and society - Recommendations for live music, festivals, food and hotels - References to useful websites and apps
Exploring Mississippi 7 Odyssee's Highlights 11 Mississippi Delta Exploring the Mississippi Delta 14 Clarksdale and the Northern Mississippi Delta 15 Mid-Delta 33 Southern Mississippi Delta 44 Memphis and North Mississippi Exploring Memphis and North Mississippi 63 Memphis 64 Hills 78 Pines 96 Jackson and Southwest Mississippi Exploring Jackson and Southwest Mississippi 105 Jackson 106 Southwest Mississippi 119 New Orleans and Coastal Mississippi Exploring New Orleans and Coastal Mississippi 135 New Orleans 136 Coastal Mississippi: The Secret Coast 143 Background information History of Mississippi 150 History of the Delta Blues 157 Practical information Transportation and accommodation in Mississippi 160 Practical ABC 162 Blues glossary 165 Index 167 Sidebars Muddy Waters: bought a one-way ticket to Chicago 18 Pinetop Perkins: blues brother up to the age of 97 23 John Lee Hooker: "Democrat Man" until his death 25 Sonny Boy Williamson II: restless and eccentric 28 Son House: passionate bluesman 30 Memphis Minnie: loved and feared 32 Amzie Moore: prolific civil rights organizer 38 Charley Patton: the first star of the Delta Blues 39 Fannie Lou Hamer: powerhouse 40 Big Bill Broonzy: respected in the Netherlands 42 Jimmy Reed: successful with his "easy-listening" blues 47 B.B. King: global icon of the blues 49 Albert King: powerful guitar playing and a velvety voice 50 Emmett Till: "His name will be a legend we all know" 57 George W. Lee: "Pray that you come out of this hell" 60 Martin Luther King Jr.: "The world was all up in flame" 71 R.L. Burnside: searched for the edges of the blues 81 James Meredith: a brave game changer 84 William Faulkner: remained faithful to his homeland 85 Mississippi John Hurt: subtle blues 91 Elmore James: hard-hitting slide guitar 93 Skip James: reluctant blues phenomenon 93 Howlin' Wolf: assertive, powerful bluesman 98 Big Joe Williams: apostle of acoustic blues 100 Freedom Summer murders 101 Otis Spann, blues brother of Muddy Waters 110 Medgar Evers: icon of the civil rights movement 115 Tommy Johnson: sold his soul to the devil first 120 Robert Johnson: shrouded in mystery 122 Willie Dixon: poet of the blues 125 Richard Wright: writer, communist and anti-racist 130 Natchez Trace Parkway: Mississippi’s green trail 133 Buddy Guy: rousing vitality 134 Supremacist resistance 154 Blues as a protest 159