wonderfully dense, ceaselessly entertaining trawl through the history
of Memphis' cultural underground and criminal demimonde. A book populated
by hipsters, grifters and dreamers, that vividly brings every moment
of magic, inspiration and madness to life."
"These books put the 'psycho' back in 'psychogeography', and history seldom gets this personal."
book is the bible of dixie fried rockabilly psychosis & memphis
beat art underground true crime history myth. jam packed with a cast
of shamanic visionary heroic characters like alex chilton, james luther
dickinson, william eggleston and charlie feathers, tav falco brings
to life an alternative history of the bluff city, memphis tennessee,
birth place of rock and roll. read it and scream for hell"
Memphis, the singular hybrid that is Morse & Falco's roman
noir/history of Memphis, steeps the reader in the most occult nectars
of a place, a city evoked in line after tumescent line of haunted prose.
Southern gothic ghosts scramble across each rippling page in mad dashes,
hurtling across corrugations of text swollen with the satiety of its
subject's past, redolent corrugations tilled up out of a soil engorged
with lust, madness, music and febrile civic histories. Plunge into this
wealthy and eccentric masterpiece and dissolve yourself for delicious
eternities in mythic Memphis."
MONDO MEMPHIS is a dual, 450-page encyclopedic history and psychogeography of the city of Memphis, written by legendary performer Tav Falco and cultural critic Erik Morse. MONDO MEMPHIS is both an original history of the gothic South and an intertext of the urban legends, rural fables and literary clichés that have made the Bluff City simultaneously a metropolis of dreams and a necropolis of terrors. MONDO MEMPHIS is a major work on American history and culture.
ONE: GHOSTS BEHIND THE SUN by TAV FALCO
TAV FALCO is an American-born musician/performer, film-maker, and photographer. He has led the psychedelic rock-and-roll group Tav Falco's Panther Burns since 1979. Their first LP, Behind The Magnolia Curtain (1980), featuring Alex Chilton, is now regarded as a rock and roll classic. Panther Burns still tour the world and release records regularly. Memphis has long been Falcos adopted home town and spiritual sanctuary.
TWO: BLUFF CITY UNDERGROUND by ERIK MORSE
ERIK MORSE is a renowned American underground author, rock writer and journalist. He is a contributing writer for Frieze, The Believer, Bookforum and Modern Painters, and the author of Dreamweapon Spacemen 3 and the Birth of Spiritualized (2004).
GHOSTS BEHIND THE SUN will be published in November 2011, and BLUFF CITY UNDERGROUND in March 2012.
TAV FALCO READING TOUR NOVEMBER 2011
9. San Francisco – City Lights
DECEMBER 1. Memphis – Burke's Books
PANTHER BURNS US TOUR NOVEMBER 2011
9. San Francisco – Thee Parkside