Music journalist Preston Lauterbach lives with his wife and children in Memphis, Tennessee. The Chitlin’ Circuit is his first book.
“Without institutionalized American racism, Withers would never have become involved with racial espionage. But he still would have been a great photographer.”
Through at least the first third of the 20th century, segregation prevented many talented African American performers from working in high-paying white-owned nightclubs and similar lucrative venues