Posted on March 5, 2011
Known as the birthplace of the blues and the city where Martin Luther King died, this Midwestern metropolis synthesized as any other African-American cultural heritage and the importance of rock.
It is located in the western portion of the state of Tennessee. But its suburbs extend to some areas of the states of Arkansas and Mississippi. With nearly 1.2 million residents, is one of the most important cities of the American South and, in all likelihood, most prominently from the cultural point of view.
Birthplace of the blues, city essential in the life of Elvis Presley (and thus of the rock) and tragic scene in the history of civil rights (here they killed Martin Luther King), Memphis is now a thriving metropolis and diverse that it has been able to capitalize their legacy wisely. Lovers of music-and especially their stories and entretelones- here will satisfy your craving for reviving tunes and learn about things you have heard.
Although Elvis Presley was born in neighboring Mississippi, Memphis was a key city in his life and his musical training. Today, part of that past can raise, for example, with a visit to Sun Studio , where rock star recorded his first event. In this mythical study also recorded his first blues Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters and Ike Turner.
To trace the otherwise inevitable Presley point is Graceland, the mansion that belonged to him, now renovated into a museum. Admission is $ 22 and allows you to "enter" the Elvis world with its vast collection of costumes, prizes, and even vehicles. And, of course, most importantly, his songs.
Lots to see and do
But Memphis did not even end with the universe of memories of its most famous citizen. Well worth the STAX Museum - dedicated to the American soul and with 2000 objects in exposure-and the old Lorraine Motel, the place where Luther King assassinated in 1968, now converted into the Civil Rights Museum.
In short, the atmosphere of Memphis is steeped in history and music and bars of the legendary Beale Street would remember every step.