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Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

George Lipsitz


Considered by many to be the godfather of R&B, Johnny Otis—musician, producer, artist, entrepreneur, pastor, disc jockey, writer, and tireless fighter for racial equality—has had a remarkable life by any measure. This book tells the largely unknown story of a towering figure in the history of African American music and culture who was, by his own description, “black by persuasion.” Born to Greek immigrant parents in Vallejo, California, in 1921, Otis grew up in an integrated neighborhood and identified deeply with black music and culture from an early age. He moved to Los Angeles as a young ma ... More

Keywords: Johnny Otis, R&B, African American music, black music, Central Avenue, Barrelhouse nightclub, Watts, Sentinel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780816666782
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816666782.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

George Lipsitz, author