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At noon on Wednesday, August 28, as part of the department’s History Is Lunch series, Roger Stolle will discuss his new book Mississippi Juke Joint Confidential: House Parties, Hustlers and the Blues Life.

Stolle works from the inside to educate and entertain with a mix of first-hand history and anecdote.

“Juke joint--two words often used, often abused,” said Stolle. “They convey an inherent promise of something real, edgy, from another time.”

All juke joints may be blues clubs, but not all blues clubs are jukes. In his book, Stolle includes stories from blues artists about juke joints with insights that delve below the murky surface. “I wanted to not only tell those tales, but canonize the characters and explain the special brand of blues bottled in these quasi-legal establishments,” he said.

Roger Stolle has owned Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art in Clarksdale since 2002. He is the author of Hidden History of Mississippi Blues and is a regular columnist for Blues Music Magazine and Twoj Blues Magazine and is a contributing editor to Delta Magazine. Stolle has produced several critically acclaimed blues CDs and DVDs and co-produced the documentaries Hard Times, M for Mississippi, We Juke Up in Here!, and Moonshine and Mojo Hands. He was educated at the University of Cincinnati.

The program will take place in the Craig H. Neilsen Auditorium in the Two Mississippi Museums--the Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum--located at 222 North Street, Jackson. There is no charge to attend. Copies of the book will be for sale. For more information call 601-576-6998 or email

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