Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis (33 1/3 Series)

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Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield's beautiful and bizarre magnum opus, remains as fine a hybrid of pop and rhythm and blues as has ever been made.

In this book, Zanes explores his own love affair with the record. He digs deep into the album's Memphis roots and talks to several of the key characters who were involved in its creation; many of whom were - like Zanes - outsiders drawn to the American South and mesmerized by its hold over the imagination.

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By Michael Stewart on 06-02-12

A personal look at an excellent album

Warren Zanes gives us a personal look at his history with this acclaimed Dusty Springfield album, as well as the details of its creation. Dusty in Memphis is sort of an improbable classic, made by a singer whose personal problems were overcome by the strength of the material and by the collaborators she chose, such as soul music producer extarordinaire Jerry Wexler. Northerner Zanes details his fascination with the mysteries of the exotic South, a fascination shared by British soul singer Springfield, who traveled to Memphis to try to capture the spirit of soul music at its source.

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By Michelle A Meola on 05-02-20

You can’t tell a book by its cover!

This book is not just about Dusty, although that’s what attracted me to it since this was one of my Dad’s favorite artist. It is about the societal influence of the south on music. It is about assumptions, fantasies, and stereotypes as well. It dives deeper into how we perceive things and how those perceptions can drive and influence music, artists. A lover of the south since I was a little girl because of my father and his father, I too had some of those fantasies. But the book opens your mind up to what is versus what is not and allows you to appreciate the influences the south had on artists, including Dusty. However, some may want a dictionary for words like conundrum (one of my favorite words out there) and conspicuous. Mr. Zanes Shuts down what one may perceive of him from his former garage band roots with his scholarly and educational style of writing to help us understand more about this influence on music. Highly recommend!

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By Patrick Smyth on 11-16-16

Well-written but not enough album-related info

What did you like best about Dusty Springfield's Dusty in Memphis (33 1/3 Series)? What did you like least?

Warren Zanes is a very good writer. I loved his Tom Petty bio, his narrative is always compelling. That said, this book really serves as an essay about the mythical South rather than a true telling of the making of Dusty in Memphis. There are some cool details but they are interjected sparsely between long expositions about race, southern culture and the history of people who've profited from the work of southern black musicians.

All of those things make sense to talk about and Zanes does so beautifully. But I found myself wanting to know more about the actual album featured in the title of the book.

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By William Marshall on 04-08-13

Miss with the Blues

Dusty was never Rusty. How could an artist with so much talent ever be overlooked in the Pantheon of great entertainers. Her life was filled with sorrow but she filled the world's music with great interpretations of classic melody.

No white woman has ever achieved the accolades showered on her by people who she emulated in the world of Soul.

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