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Ron Hall's newest Memphis history book production is a history of Memphis concerts including incredible live photos from 1955-1985.
Ron Hall's newest Memphis history book production is a history of Memphis concerts including incredible live photos from 1955-1985.
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Ron Hall’s 4th & newest book project is an almost exhaustive history of any advertised live rock ‘n roll concerts in Memphis--the cradle of rock ‘n roll--from 1955-1985. You will witness the evolution of the concert industry from rock ‘n roll’s inception in the ‘50s with small club dates by rhythm & blues stars like B.B. King, Bo Diddley, & Fats Domino followed by the onslaught of the rockabillys and rockers like Charlie Feathers, Eddie Bond, Carl Perkins, the Man in Black Johnny Cash, &, of course, the King of Rock ‘n Roll Elvis Presley all the way to the arena and stadium rock of the '70s & '80s. Garage & r&b shows of the ‘60s evolve into blues & rock festivals in the ‘70s, followed by the emergence of  new wave & punk acts in the late ‘70s & early ‘80s. The book will feature cool tickets, unique advertisements, & exclusive, never-before published photos from many of these concerts. This will be a must-have for any Memphis music fan or Memphis music historian or, in fact, any fan of rock 'n roll.  By participating in this Kickstarter, you will be helping raise production funds for this fascinating and seminal Memphis pop culture history book and will help determine the number of books to be printed for the rock ‘n roll masses. 

While Ron Hall has done years of research on the subject and already has hundreds of fantastic never before or seldom seen photos, he is still interested in any photos that you may have taken from concerts you attended that he has not yet discovered for the book. He is looking for photos from any of the Memphis Country Blues Festivals; any unpublished live Elvis photos (!)--such as in the early '50s playing on the back of a flatbed truck at a grand opening store gig at Lamar & Airways; any Howlin' Wolf live shots; any Jimi Hendrix photos at either of his Memphis shows; any early Antenna Club new wave or punk band photos such as R.E.M., the Replacements, Husker Du, etc. or any other amazing shots you took that you think have to be in this essential history book.  If you have any such great, unpublished photos, you may contact him here or through his facebook site.

Your participation in making this book happen will go towards the production costs of the book. Ron has finished the research end of the book, and he is now entering the design and layout phase, which is where the expenses really begin.  We have offered some nice opportunities here on Kickstarter for you to help make the book happen on the front end.  We thank you for your interest in this new venture of Memphis music history.

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We expect this book to be released in the fall of 2014. We do not expect any delays, but we will not release the book until it is as cool as possible. As we discover more great photos, the book may be delayed, but we anticipate any delays only making the book even better.

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