Saturday, July 19, 2008

Printers' Alley

World-famous Printers' Alley gets its name from the print shops and publishing houses that were located in the area in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  The actual alley is to the left of the sign (above) that spans Church Street.  In the 1940s, nightclubs opened in the alley (right), showcasing Hank Williams, Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, Dottie West and more.  There are still a number of clubs in the alley, as well as condos and apartments with architectural details that mimic the style of New Orleans.

A couple of interesting facts:  Publishing was once a huge industry in town.  At one point, there were over 35 publishers in Music City.  While there are fewer here now, publishing is still big business here.

After liquor was outlawed in the US in 1909, local officials "protected" the Printers' Alley establishments that continued to serve alcohol during Prohibition.

There are bars and entertainment establishments still operating in the alley, although it is not quite as popular as in previous years.

PLEASE NOTE:  One more day remains in my summer MFA residency at Murray State. I'll be back in Nashville tomorrow.


2 comments:

Rambling Round said...

Hmmmm. I can still smell the ink! It tends to stay in the blood for generations.

smilnsigh said...

Great shots of what must be a great spot in your city.

But awwwwwww, the one of the alley itself, won't enlarge, when I clcik on it. -sigh-

Welcome home!!!

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