About the Book

MONDO MEMPHIS is a dual, 450-page encyclopedic history and psychogeography of the city of Memphis, written by legendary performer Tav Falco and cultural critic Erik Morse. MONDO MEMPHIS is both an original history of the gothic South and an intertext of the urban legends, rural fables and literary clichés that have made the Bluff City simultaneously a metropolis of dreams and a necropolis of terrors. MONDO MEMPHIS is a major work on American history and culture.

PART ONE: GHOSTS BEHIND THE SUN by TAV FALCO
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.

PART TWO: BLUFF CITY UNDERGROUND by ERIK MORSE
Erik Morse’s vertiginous noir 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 might 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? 150 pages, with chapter illustrations.

AVAILABLE NOW IN PAPER

Vol. I   http://amzn.to/18UrGs2
Vol. II  http://amzn.to/1bWe0kF

 KINDLE eBOOK

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