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Mojo Triangle Travel Guide

By Mardi Allen

The Mojo Triangle is a  cultural land area located within a triangular connection between New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis. The birthplace of country, blues, jazz, and rock ‘n’ roll, the Mojo Triangle has presented the world with an astonishing array of original music. Mojo Triangle Travel Guide presents a road map for tourists to explore the historic triangle for the purpose of understanding America's impressive contributions to music. The book is divided into seven chapters:

  • Chapter 1 New Orleans
  • Chapter 2 Natchez
  • Chapter 3 Natchez Trace
  • Chapter 4 Mississippi Delta
  • Chapter 5 Memphis
  • Chapter 6 Muscle Shoals
  • Chapter 7 Nashville

Stevie Ray Vaughan during sound check in Memphis

Each chapter begins with a brief explanation for the destination area's contribution to music and  brief bios of the recording artists from each area, followed by practical information about where travelers should go to find music venues, restaurants, places to spend the night, and historical points of interest. Major feature of the book are rare photographs, interviews with many of the musicians who played important roles in the creation of America's music, and feature articles on human and cultural landmarks within the Mojo Triangle. The triangular concept of defining American music was originated by author James L. Dickerson in the early 2000s after decades of writing about the music created in the South. In 2005 he published a book, Mojo Triangle, that was named the best non-fiction work in the South for that year by the Independent Publishers Association and presented with an IPPY Award. The book was updated and reprinted in 2014.

About the Author

Mardi Allen, Ph.D., is the co-author of several books, including Sons Without Fathers: What Every Mother Needs to Know and How To Screen Adoptive and Foster Parents. As a psychologist who grew up in the heart of the Mojo Triangle, she has been able to integrate her behavioral expertise with her love of music and travel in such a way as to understand the ingredients for a meaningful experience on the crossroads of America's music.

 

 

 

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