Jukebox America: Down Back Streets and Blue Highways in Search of the Country's Greatest Jukebox

Jukebox America Down Back Streets and Blue Highways in Search of the Country s Greatest Jukebox Imagine John Steinbeck s Travels with Charley to a soundtrack of Patsy Cline Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra Three years ago Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Will Bunch heard Nancy Sinatra s These

  • Title: Jukebox America: Down Back Streets and Blue Highways in Search of the Country's Greatest Jukebox
  • Author: William Bunch
  • ISBN: 9780312110130
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jukebox America: Down Back Streets and Blue Highways in Search of the Country's Greatest Jukebox

    Imagine John Steinbeck s Travels with Charley, to a soundtrack of Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra Three years ago, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Will Bunch heard Nancy Sinatra s These Boots Are Made for Walkin blaring from a New York City jukebox, and he knew he d found his calling He had to find America s Greatest Jukebox What he was looking for wasImagine John Steinbeck s Travels with Charley, to a soundtrack of Patsy Cline, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra Three years ago, Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist Will Bunch heard Nancy Sinatra s These Boots Are Made for Walkin blaring from a New York City jukebox, and he knew he d found his calling He had to find America s Greatest Jukebox What he was looking for wasn t the chrome adorned item itself it was the unique musical collection, the joyful, anarchic alchemy of golden hits and forgotten 45 s that only an unsung, back of the bar jukebox could offer But , much that this, what he was looking for represented his youth and the youth of his generation, the Rear Guard Baby Boomers, reaching back to the late nights and easy life of their twenties as thirtysomething marches on He went to Detroit and Seattle, Chicago and Balti, the Mississippi Delta and Hoboken, New Jersey He hit bars called the 924 Club and Rosa s and Honest John s Bar and No Grill he found vintage Seeburgs, sterile CD boxes, and, in one off the path stop, a juke operated via a jerry rigged tape deck behind the bar After thousands of miles and thousands of quarters, he did find, in as unlikely a place as any, the Juke of the Covenant And, along with that fleeting youth, he found a piece of America s soul Like Route 66 or Blue Highways, Jukebox America is a song of America lost and found again like the Beatles Twist and Shout or an old Four Tops record, it is a one of a kind, pure driven pleasure.

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    One thought on “Jukebox America: Down Back Streets and Blue Highways in Search of the Country's Greatest Jukebox

    1. Paul

      This is a mediocre and over-inflated book, reflecting a minor idea in the hands of an able but not significantly talented journeyman writer. It reaches for the humorous, the reflective, and the profound, but is unable to achieve the desired effects with any frequency or consistency.Bunch wants desperately to be Bill Bryson, but he lacks Bryson's ability to balance (and more importantly, to recognize) the light-hearted anecdote, the shrewd observation, or the occasional, light profundity. This is [...]

    2. Brett

      I was loaned this book by an acquaintance years ago. I read it and then finally bought it again for my own library. It's a good book, but not a great one. Brunch is an able writer he is conversant with music history, but it's never quite clear what he wants to find in his travels.The idea behind Jukebox America is to discover America's best jukebox. This seems like a great idea for a book, but it is never quite clear what the rules are for this object. Brunch moves from one jukebox to the next w [...]

    3. Michael Brockley

      Beginning with THESE BOOTS ATE MADE FOR WALKING and concluding with LET'S STAY TOGETHER, William Bunch takes the reader on a quest to find the Jukebox of the Covenant. In do doing, Bunch visits Frank Sinatra's Hoboken, Patsy Cline's Winchester, Virginia and Elvis Presley'sBaltimore. Maryland. Because these cities are or were home to jukeboxes that featured sings by the aforementioned recording artists. Patsy Cline, Bunch informs, is the quintessential jukebox artist. In his travels, the author s [...]

    4. Kristan

      i loved, loved, loved this book. william bunch may be an older, male version of me. He's obsessed with jukeboxes, we have the same birthday, he calls people "believers", and the song that made him decide which jukebox was the "juke of the covenant" was al green's "let's stay together". that is my favorite song of all time and i think i will listen to it right now.he basically goes on an adventure to random places in america to find the greatest jukebox in america and winds up running into all th [...]

    5. Peggy L

      I love to read exploring journalist books! Not a genre in and of itself, it is an excellant way to be an armchair traveler and share in the explorers passion, in this case, jukeboxes.Whenever I find a jukebox, more rarely now, I ALWAYS play it. It is part of Americana, it is part of teenage loves and part of any music fan's life as William Bunch shares in this love story.The enthusism of the author did not wane despite the demise of many of the jukeboxes he found. It is a love story, but sad due [...]

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