Memphis Rent Party

2018 Release

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“Blues, being the wellspring of all American music for over a century, is always worth studying. Robert does it right.”

     Keith Richards

“An emotional map of musical Memphis. If you don’t know these characters, let Robert Gordon introduce you.”

     Elvis Costello

In this excellent collection of essays, Gordon (It Came from Memphis), a veteran music journalist on the Memphis scene, masterfully writes about the outlaws, rebels, and tragic figures who provided the spark for the city’s entertainment industry. … Gordon’s book is a grand, funky musical tour of Memphis.” Publishers Weekly 


Featured in the Wall Street Journal’s What to Give: Books on Music article for 2018

Featured in NPR’s Book Concierge for the Best Books of 2018!

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A celebration of uncommon music and musicians from Memphis and environs, from the acclaimed author of Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion.



Best of Enemies

Emmy Award 2017

Outstanding Historical Documentary


“a must-view film for our media-besotted age” The Wall Street Journal

“A delicious spectacle” Newsweek

“Thoroughly engrossing” Joe Leydon, Variety

“Outstanding. There could scarcely be any documentary more enticing, scintillating and downright fascinating.” The Hollywood Reporter

“The best doc [at Sundance]… this film’s elegant mix of archival footage and talking-head commentary rivetingly retraces how one heated rivalry sparked an entire culture of punditry. Time Out New York

“Wickedly entertaining” New York Post

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 Respect Yourself
by Robert Gordon

“Gordon’s book belongs on the shelf alongside canonical works such as Peter Guralnick’s Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley and Nat Hentoff’s Jazz Is, not solely because of its subject, but because it does what the best music writing does, and which traditional criticism often fails to do: it gazes beyond the music itself.”
 — The Los Angeles Review of Books, starred review

“The voices of the members of the Stax family, and Gordon’s deep knowledge of Memphis, give the book a significance that extends beyond a single recording studio. Robert Gordon knows the place, and he’ll take you there.”
 — The New York Times, starred review
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