Click on the link below to watch our C-VILLE Live chat with Preston Lauterbach, author of Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis, and Jon Lohman, director of the Virginia Program for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
5:11 — Learn about Lauterbach’s main character, Robert Church, who was born a slave and became the South’s first black millionaire.
12:14 — Learn how the book’s plot evolved out of Lauterbach’s research.
13:07 — Hear how Ida B. Wells, a journalist who helped found the NAACP, “found herself” on Beale Street.
14:25 — W.C. Handy takes Beale Street to another level.
17:50 — Hear more about the Reading Under the Influence: Blues and Brews event, which takes place from 9-11pm Friday, at Champion Brewing Company.
24:35 — Learn how music first drew Lauterbach to Beale Street, a place where everything from swing to lowdown blues could be heard.
28:20 — Learn what W.C. Handy, the father of blues, and hip-hop artists today have in common.