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

William Bunch January 16, 2020

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

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

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