Conaway’s columns, Memphis movies houses and Stax books at Burke’s
Dan Conaway will be at Burke’s Book Store Dec. 5, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to sign copies of his new book, I’m a Memphian (Nautilus Publishing, $17.95, hardback). This event coincides with the Cooper Young First Thursday Night Out.
Dan Conaway’s book is a collection of his Memphasis columns, featured in The Memphis Daily News.
A lifelong Memphian, Dan Conaway is a communication strategist and freelance writer. He has owned everything from ad agencies to creative boutiques, promoted everything from ducks in The Peabody to Grizzlies in the NBA to pandas in the zoo, and won recognition for his creativity at every level. Along the way, he has never lost his fascination or his frustration with his storied hometown, and he shares his passion for both equally in his columns and posts.
Vincent Astor will be at Burke’s Book Store on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to sign copies of his new book, Memphis Movie theaters (Arcadia Publishing, $21.95, paperback).
Memphis has always been a theatrical town, a crossroads in the center of America for entertainment as well as commerce. Thousands of people who have lived here or just passed through, especially during and after World War II, found their way to the movie theatres. From the vaudeville palaces on Main Street to the nickelodeons on Beale Street, these theatres helped shape the culture of the city.
Vincent Astor is a native Memphian and local historian with a special fondness for movie houses. Astor has assembled photographs from the Memphis Public Library, Memphis Heritage, Malco Theatres, and several family collections into a chronicle with memories for Memphians of all ages to enjoy.
Robert Gordon will be at Burke’s Book Store on Thursday, Dec. 19, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to sign copies of his new book, Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion (Bloomsbury Publishing, $30.00, hardback).
In the late 1950s, Jim Stewart, and his sister, Estelle Axton, moved their little fledgling recording studio into the defunct Capitol Theater in Memphis, Tenn., opening their doors and establishing the record label that gave birth to gritty, funky soul music. Music historian Gordon (It Came from Memphis) artfully chronicles the rise and fall of one of America’s greatest music studios, situating the story of Stax within the cultural history of the 1960s in the South.
Robert Gordon has written for major music publications in the United States and England, and has contributed to several books. He produced the Al Green CD box set “Anthology, ” and his liner notes were nominated for a Grammy. As a filmmaker, he directed the award-winning blues documentary “All Day and All Night.” He is the author of Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters and director of the companion documentary. He lives in Memphis with his wife and two daughters.