It’s time to go to Memphis again.
We first stopped in Memphis in 2005, as a waypoint between Massachusetts and Missouri. Going in, we knew a little about the city’s reputation as a birthplace of American musical and culinary traditions. The unique cultural factors and tensions behind Memphis’s creativity still exist today — something we didn’t learn until we were on the ground — and they continue to evolve.
Even as the city grows and changes, it remains a place with a true sense of self. We’re preparing to dig back in this week with our fourth Memphis-focused trip.
From the Manic Archives: Ten New Photos
Before we hit the road, we thought we’d share some previously unpublished photographs from our work in Memphis. Click to see full size!
The Manic American Map of Memphis
We’re lucky to have made some great friends in Memphis, and they continue to help us find places we would never find otherwise. Here’s where we’ve been and where we’re going.
And we’re always open to suggestions — especially those that pertain to food, music, and urban planning. Each trip, we meet new people, try new food, see new bands. Some things change, some things stay the same. But it all gets photographed, and some of the stories end up here.
–Rob Bellinger and Dan Meade
April 17, 2018