|IF YOU LIKE…||THEN GET TO KNOW…|
|The Allman Brothers Band||Atlanta Rhythm Section, the onetime Doraville studio session band that released more than a dozen albums, peaking with 1978’s Champagne Jam, or the Georgia Satellites, known for 1980s hits “Keep Your Hands to Yourself” and “Hippy Hippy Shake.”|
Willie Lee Perryman, aka Piano Red, aka Dr. Feelgood, was known for his |
raucous “barrelhouse blues,” while “Blind Willie” McTell, master of the
twelve-string guitar, recorded under multiple aliases, including
“Pig ’n’ Whistle Red.”
Dreams So Real was part of the 1980s Athens alt-rock scene |
and, like Marietta’s Guadalcanal Diary of the same era, racked up
plenty of college-radio airplay.
|Alice Walker’s The Color Purple||Youngblood by John Oliver Killens, who was born in Macon and cofounded the Harlem Writers Guild, chronicles daily life in small-town Georgia, while Walter White’s The Fire in the Flint was a critically acclaimed account of a lynching.|
|Flannery O’Connor’s A Good Man Is Hard to Find short-story collection||The stories in Mary Hood’s collection How Far She Went are set in the small-town South and won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, while Drinking Coffee Elsewhere,the acclaimed debut by ZZ Packer, draws on Packer’s Atlanta childhood.|
|Pat Conroy’s The Great Santini||Instead of Conroy’s autobiographical novel about being raised by an abusive father, |
sample The Last Radio Baby, Raymond Andrews’s memoir of growing up in a Georgia
sharecropping community in the 1930s and 1940s, or Be Sweet: A Conditional Love
Story, Roy Blount Jr.’s bittersweet memoir about his mother.
|Anne Rivers Siddons’s Peachtree Road||A big family secret (bigamy!) is at the center of Tayari Jones’s Silver Sparrow, while |
Southern traditions are challenged in Susan Rebecca White’s Bound South.
This article originally appeared in the November 2012 issue.