Issue 75, Winter 2011

Issue 75, Winter 2011

The Mississippi Music Issue

“The idea of conveying all Mississippi music on a single CD is laughable…. All this OA CD can do is symbolize…the great wealth of Mississippi music that would gush over you if you yourself chose to tap into Mississippi’s archives.” — Editor’s Note

Includes a 27-song CD featuring the music of Howlin’ Wolf, The Hilltops, Syl Johnson, Milton Babbitt, Hayden Thompson, Ruby Andrews, Mattie Delaney, Bo Diddley and more.

Essays by Peter Guralnick, Cynthia Shearer, Allen Lowe, Rachael Maddux, Megan Mayhew Bergman, and others.


Columns & Departments 

Editor’s Box
by Marc Smirnoff

I Don’t Hate It!
GAME OVER
by Jack Pendarvis

Southern Lit
BARRY HANNAH’S MIXTAPE
by Cynthia Shearer

Top 10
TEN THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T KNOW ABOUT MISSISSIPPI BLUES MUSICIANS
by Allen Lowe

Essay
MEN WITH NO I.Q.’S
by Collin Makamson

History
THE BLUE BLUES
by Elijah Wald

Writing on Writing
PLAY, GUITAR PLAY
by Jay Varner

Writing on Writing
CARRYING AWAY MISS WELTY
by Tom Nolan

Books
RESURRECTING THE CANDY MAN
by William Gay

CYCLIST
by Mike Powell

SINGLES GIRLS
by Rachael Maddux


The Little Magazine of Mississippi & Music

Top 10 Mississippi Blues Quotes
by Roger Stolle 

Top 10 Semi-Obscure Jazzers from Mississippi
by Allen Lowe

Top 10 Country Songs About Home by Mississippians
by Barry Mazor

Top 12 Rarest Blues Records from Mississippi
by Gayle Dean Wardlow

The Trouble with Bogus Names
by Roy Blount Jr.

Stuck Inside of Starkville with the Folsom Blues Again
by Rosanne Cash

A Stranger’s Mississippi Bluess
by David Yaffe

Guitar
by Amorak Huey

Top 5 Mississippi Moments from England
by Nick Hornby

Top 10 Mississippi Karaoke Songs
by Johannes Lichtman

With Timid Teeth
by Megan Pugh

The Neckbones
by Lisa Howorth

Can’t Say How Long
by Megan Pugh

Top 11 Most Underrated Guitarists from Mississippi
by Pat Cochran

Last Call at Walnut Street Blues Bar
by William Lusk Coppage

Telegram to My Throat
by LD Beghtol


The Mississippi Music CD Section

Howlin’ Wolf
by Peter Guralnick
What is the Soul of a Man?

Harold Dorman
by Sheila Heti

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
by Oliver Wang

Ernie Chaffin
by Carol Ann Fitzgerald
by Benjamin Percy

Bo Diddley
by David Kirby

Mattie Delaney
by Sandra Beasley

Fern Kinney
by Jessica Hopper

Leon Bass & The Keystones
by Betsy Shepherd

Joe Henderson
by Alison Powell 
by Joey Goebel

Hayden Thompson
by Michael T. Fournier

The International Sweethearts of Rhythm
by Megan Mayhew Bergman 
by Kate Schatz

Howlin’ Wolf
by Yusef Komunyakaa

Dusty Brooks
by Matt Dellinger

Ruby Andrews
by Natalie Elliott

The Hilltops
by Jamie Quatro

Carter Brothers & Son
by David Gates

Syl Johnson
by Mark Winegardner
by Thomas Chatterton Williams

Guitar Slim
by J.D. Daniels
by David Ritz

Jimmy Donley
by Ben Ehrenreich

The Golden Nugget
by Ben Greenman

Travis Wammack
by Michael Rosenwald

Henry Green
by Nicholas Rombes

Wadada Leo Smith
by David Shirley

Jim Jackson
by Billy Altman

The Riviaires
by Steve Klinge

The Germans
by Pat Cochran

Milton Babbitt
by Nikil Saval

Ted Hawkins
by Kevin Brockmeier


Cover: Howlin’ Wolf, San Francisco (1968). Photograph by Sandy Schoenfeld