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Charleston Pop Culture

Charleston's too-quaint-to-be-true cobblestone lanes and Antebellum mansions almost seem made for the movies. It's unsurprising, then, that several famous films have been set here—romantic weepie The Notebook, uplifting golf fable The Legend of Bagger Vance, and Revolutionary War epic The Patriot, among others. The city has also inspired dozens of books. Read about the brutal initiation rites at a military academy based on The Citadel in Pat Conroy's novel The Lords of Discipline. Conroy's more recent book, South of Broad, portrays several rich and drama-plagued families living in the Historic District. Alexandra Ripley sends Scarlett O'Hara to Charleston in the Gone With the Wind sequel Scarlett. The opera Porgy and Bess, about poor African-Americans eking out an existence in 1920s Charleston, gave the world the song Summertime, among many others. Modern day Charleston musicians include pop-folk singer Edwin McCain and country rockers, the Casey Donahew Band. There are innumerable jazz bands and classic quartets who play live on any given night in Charleston's bars, lounges and hotel lobbies.