Volumes 1 and 2 in Paperback Pre-order

MONDO MEMPHIS Volumes 1 and 2 are now both available for paperback pre-order from amazon.com.

GHOSTS BEHIND THE SUN: Splendor, Enigma & Death
by Tav Falco
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release date of November 1, 2011

BLUFF CITY UNDERGROUND: A Roman Noir of the Deep South
by Erik Morse
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release date of April 30, 2012

“These books put the ‘psycho’ back in ‘psychogeography,’ and history seldom gets this personal.”
– Luc Sante, author of Low Life (1991), Evidence (1992), and The Factory of Facts (1998)

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Tav Falco’s sprawling study of Memphis begins with the Civil War massacre at Fort Pillow, the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1878 and the grisly murders of the Harp Brothers. Falco traces these legends of Reconstruction-era Memphis to an equally brutal twentieth century underworld – Beale Street kingpin Jim Canaan, Edward Crump’s political machine, the Dixie Mafia, and others. Also included are revelatory dialogues concerning the city’s many music legends, from rockabilly icons Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Charlie Feathers to more underground figures such as Jim Dickinson and country blues wailer Jessie Mae Hemphill. Interwoven with these accounts is an autobiographical history of Falco’s own time in Memphis, including his involvement with performance art ensemble Insect Trust, working with pop/rock maverick Alex Chilton, and the formation of his seminal rock and roll band, Panther Burns. With over 80 illuminating photographs, mostly previously unseen originals by Falco, and many printed in duotone or colour. 300 pages, illustrated throughout.

Erik Morse’s vertiginous novella follows West Coast graduate student Everly Loennrot as he lands at the city’s luxurious Peabody Hotel for a mysterious research assignment. Guided by the invisible hand of Dr. Red McGill, professor of Southern history, Loennrot wanders through a postmodern Memphis of plasticine landmarks and leopard-skin tourist traps. There he encounters a troop of eccentric characters – an Elvis conspiracist, a rock musician cum alchemist and a rockabilly femme fatale who may be a prostitute, hired gun or ghost. When a midnight rendezvous at a highway motel turns deadly, Everly enters a vortex of double crosses, double meanings and murder, all of which point to a centuries’ old secret society known only as the Memphi. Struggling to decipher the rebus slowly enveloping him, Everly is faced with a terrifying question – is the Memphi a blood-thirsty criminal syndicate, or simply an elaborate hoax? With 9 chapter illustrations, and a full-colour cover shot by well-known Memphis photographer William Eggleston. BLUFF CITY UNDERGROUND is Volume Two of MONDO MEMPHIS, a dual encyclopedic history of Memphis written by Erik Morse and musician Tav Falco, of Panther Burns.



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