Brewing on Books – Live at Jackson Station
Daniel M. Harrison joins us to discuss Live at Jackson Station, a history of the iconic blues club and the brutal hate crime committed there
About this event
Join us for a community discussion on the Common Ground with Commonhouse Aleworks as part of our new event series, Brewing on Books: A Community Book Club. This series will focus on local topics of interest for community members.
For our August meeting, we’ll dive into the history of Jackson Station Rhythm & Blues Club in Hodges, South Carolina. In his newest work of nonfiction, Live at Jackson Station, Daniel M. Harrison weaves a fast-paced narrative in which Jackson Station emerges as a cultural kaleidoscope that served as an oasis of tolerance and diversity in a time and place that often suffered from undercurrents of bigotry and violence—an uneasy coexistence of incongruent forces that have long permeated southern life and culture.
Books are available from Itinerant Literate:
Live at Jackson Station: https://bit.ly/3wHIeVy
Food & Drink Special
Commonhouse will be offering a special deal on a themed appetizer and beverage available to attendees of this event. Details on the discount code for the special will be available prior to the event.
About the Book
Live at Jackson Station
In this fast-paced narrative, Jackson Station emerges as a cultural kaleidoscope that served as an oasis of tolerance and diversity in a time and place that often suffered from undercurrents of bigotry and violence—an uneasy coexistence of incongruent forces that have long permeated southern life and culture.
The smoke was thick, the music was loud, and the beer was flowing. In the fast-and-loose 1980s, Jackson Station Rhythm & Blues Club in Hodges, South Carolina, was a festive late-night roadhouse filled with people from all walks of life who gathered to listen to the live music of high-energy performers. Housed in a Reconstruction-era railway station, the blues club embraced local Southern culture and brought a cosmopolitan vibe to the South Carolina backcountry.
Over the years, Jackson Station became known as one of the most iconic blues bars in the South. It offered an exciting venue for local and traveling musical artists, including Widespread Panic, the Swimming Pool Qs, Bob Margolin, Tinsley Ellis, and R&B legend Nappy Brown, who loved to keep playing long after sunrise.
The good times ground to a terrifying halt in the early morning hours of April 7, 1990. A brutal attack—an apparent hate crime—on the owner Gerald Jackson forever altered the lives of all involved.
About the Author
Daniel M. Harrison
Daniel M. Harrison is a professor of sociology at Lander University in Greenwood, South Carolina, and the author of Making Sense of Marshall Ledbetter: The Dark Side of Political Protest.