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So says Gregg Allman, so it must be true. 

The Huntsville Times compiled a list of nine Southland venues “every music lover” should visit.  I’ve been to four, and walked or driven past a couple of others, so maybe I’m just a music liker.

The article begins with Allman’s assertion (for the 1995 The History of Rock ‘N Roll documentary) that rock was born and raised in the South, so labeling some rock as ‘Southern’ is redundant.  The writer points out that St. Louis-born Chuck Berry might take exception to that, but especially with the University of Missouri in the SEC now, is St. Louis really all that un-Southern?

And since we’re not just talking about rock, why not mention that jazz, blues, and country all come from the South, as well?

This music is the fruit of the South’s long history of widespread oppression, exploitative economies, enthusiastic religion, and social repression.  You’re welcome, America.

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A small sample of what others are saying about the South:

From AlterNet, Kristin Rawls exposes the “5 Big Media Stereotypes About the South.”  To which I say, only 5?

Raise your lighters and holler “Free Bird” for the new BBC4 documentary Sweet Home Alabama, about the rise of Southern rock, reviewed in the Guardian’s music blog.

And tomorrow night, the USA Network will air a 50th anniversary broadcast of To Kill a Mockingbird, with a special introduction by the President of these United States.  Now excuse me while I make sure my mother has stocked up on tissues.

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