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Wednesday, 24 October 2007

A Cross-Country Excursion through the Southern States - Page 3

Written by Josh Mitchell
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When my roommate told me that he was leaving Boston and moving to San Diego, I jumped at the chance to drive with him through the southern states – a part of the country that I have always longed to explore. There are not many times in your life when you are able to dedicate an entire month to traveling.

After using a year’s supply of Wet Naps to clean our faces, we headed over to Autozone Park to catch a Memphis Redbirds game.  They are the minor league team for the St. Louis Cardinals.  The local team won and the stadium with its prominent press box and spacious seats was impressive for a non-major league ballpark.


southFollowing a brief stop at The Peabody Hotel to see the internationally famous Peabody Ducks parade through the grand lobby, we headed over to the National Civil Rights Museum, which is housed in the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.


According to Billboard Magazine, Memphis is mentioned in more songs than any other city in the world.  As we headed for Manchester, Tennessee for The Bonnaroo Music Festival, I couldn’t stop thinking of Marc Cohn, Al Green and the gritty independent film about the pimp-turned-musician "Hustle & Flow".


After spending four days camping in a 700-acre field filled with inescapable marijuana smoke, dust and oppressive heat, my roommate and I, although smelling ripe, survived the musical experience they call Bonnaroo.south


Aided by the communal safety net of my sister's cooking, we were able to enjoy the rural boondocks of Tennessee and engulf ourselves in a diverse world of music which, if uploaded onto an iPod, would make us seem like masters of musical dexterity – British rock, Canadian pop, soul, bluegrass, reggae, jazz and alternative hip-hop along with jam-band stalwarts.


We danced to it all.


Among the sold-out audience of 80,000 people – mostly hippy hotties fighting for use of porta potties – there was tie-dye, long hair, peasant dresses and flowers, organic food stands, recycling displays and a Ferris wheel.south


It was part football tailgate and part Woodstock.


We watched Borat in the cinema tent, played guitar video games on Xbox, saw fire eaters, break-dancers, did yoga, and did the running man at the Silent Disco – which is a dance party where everyone wears wireless headphones and hears the same DJ.


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