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John Jeremiah Sullivan

John Jeremiah Sullivan is the author of PULPHEAD and BLOOD HORSES: NOTES OF A SPORTSWRITER'S SON.

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ISSUE 83: That Chop on the Upbeat

Maybe the least expected of the factors that went into making ska in those years, and the one many would argue that most nearly approached it in sound, leading most directly to its birth, came not from Jamaica at all, or even from the Caribbean, but from West Tennessee, and more specifically from South Memphis, and more specifically than that, from the band called the Beale Streeters, and most specifically of all from the right hand of their pianist and sometime singer-songwriter, a Memphis native named Rosco Gordon.
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