Deep Ellum

The Other Side of Dallas

978-1-60344-958-8 Paperback
6 x 9 x 0 in
320 pp. 175 b&w photos. Bib. Index.
Pub Date: 08/08/2013


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Deep Ellum, on the eastern edge of downtown Dallas, retains its character as an alternative to the city’s staid image with loft apartments, art galleries, nightclubs, and tattoo shops. It first sprang up as a ramshackle business district with saloons and variety theatres and evolved, during the early decades of the twentieth century, into a place where the black and white worlds of Dallas converged.

This book strips away layers of myth to illuminate the cultural milieu that spawned such seminal blues and jazz musicians as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Buster Smith, and T-Bone Walker and that was also an incubator for the growth of western swing.

Expanding upon the original 1998 publication, this Texas A&M University Press edition offers new research on Deep Ellum’s vital cross-fertilization of white and black musical styles, many additional rare historical photographs, and an updated account of the area in the early years of the twenty-first century.

John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas

Published by Texas A&M University Press