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              Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe
                

              Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              Edited by Wynn, Neil A.

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              This unique collection of essays examines the flow of African American music and musicians across the Atlantic to Europe from the time of slavery to the twentieth century. In a sweeping examination of different musical forms--spirituals, blues, jazz, skiffle, and orchestral music...--the contributors consider the reception and influence of black music on a number of different European audiences, particularly in Britain, but also France, Germany, and the Netherlands. The essayists approach the subject through diverse historical, musicological, and philosophical perspectives. A number of essays document little-known performances and recordings of African American musicians in Europe. Several pieces, including one by Paul Oliver, focus on the appeal of the blues to British listeners. At the same time, these considerations often reveal the ambiguous nature of European responses to black music and in so doing add to our knowledge of transatlantic race relations. Contributions from Christopher G. Bakriges, Sean Creighton, Jeffrey Green, Leighton Grist, Bob Groom, Rainer E. Lotz, Paul Oliver, Catherine Parsonage, Iris Schmeisser, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Robert Springer, Rupert Till, Guido van Rijn, David Webster, Jen Wilson, and Neil A. Wynn
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              ISBN 9781604735468
              Released AU 9 Feb 2010
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              I'm Feeling the Blues Right Now
                

              I'm Feeling the Blues Right Now (Hardback)

              By King, Stephen A.

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              Reveals the strategies used by blues promoters and organisers in Mississippi, both African American and white, local and state, to attract the attention of tourists. In the process, Stephen A. King reveals how promotional materials portray the Delta's blues culture and its musici...ans.
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              ISBN 9781617030109
              Released AU 1 Jun 2011
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              The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built
                

              The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built (Hardback)

              By Gibson, Nathan D.; With Pierce, Don

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              The Starday Story: The House That Country Music Built is the first book entirely dedicated to one of the most influential music labels of the twentieth century. In addition to creating the largest bluegrass catalogue throughout the 1950s and '60s, Starday was also known for its l...egendary rockabilly catalogue, an extensive Texas honky-tonk outpouring, classic gospel and sacred recordings, and as a Nashville independent powerhouse studio and label.Written with label president and co-founder Don Pierce, this book traces the label's origins in 1953 through the 1968 Starday-King merger. Interviews with artists and their families, employees, and Pierce contribute to the stories behind famous hit songs, including ""Y'all Come,"" ""A Satisfied Mind,"" ""Why Baby Why,"" ""Giddy-up Go,"" ""Alabam,"" and many others. Gibson's research and interviews also shed new light on the musical careers of George Jones, Arlie Duff, Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, the Stanley Brothers, Cowboy Copas, Red Sovine, and countless other Starday artists. Conversations with the children of Pappy Daily and Jack Starns provide a unique perspective on the early days of Starday, and extensive interviews with Pierce offer an insider glance at the country music industry during its golden era.Weathering through the storm of rock and roll and, later, the Nashville Sound, Starday was a home to traditional country musicians and became one of the most successful independent labels in American history. Ultimately, The Starday Story is the definitive record of a country music label that played an integral role in preserving our nation's musical heritage.
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              ISBN 9781604738308
              Released AU 20 Jan 2011
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              The Beat: Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C.
                

              The Beat: Go-Go Music from Washington, D.C. (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Lornell, Kip; Jr., Charles C. Stephenson; By (photographer) Ellis, Thomas Sayers

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              The Beat! was the first book to explore the musical, social, and cultural phenomenon of go-go music. In this new edition, updated by a substantial chapter on the current scene, authors Kip Lornell and Charles C. Stephenson, Jr., place go-go within black popular music made since t...he middle 1970s--a period during which hip-hop has predominated. This styling reflects the District's African American heritage. Its super-charged drumming and vocal combinations of hip-hop, funk, and soul evolved and still thrive on the streets of Washington, D.C., and in neighboring Prince George's County, making it the most geographically compact form of popular music. Go-go--the only musical form indigenous to Washington, D.C.--features a highly syncopated, nonstop beat and vocals that are spoken as well as sung. The book chronicles its development and ongoing popularity, focusing on many of its key figures and institutions, including established acts such as Chuck Brown (the Godfather of Go-Go), Experience Unlimited, Rare Essence, and Trouble Funk; well-known DJs, managers, and promoters; and filmmakers who have incorporated it into their work. Now updated and back in print, The Beat! provides longtime fans and those who study American musical forms a definitive look at the music and its makers.
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              ISBN 9781604732412
              Released AU 22 Jul 2009
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              Richard Dyer-Bennet: The Last Minstrel
                

              Richard Dyer-Bennet: The Last Minstrel (Hardback)

              By Jenkins, Paul; Foreword by Dyer-Bennet, Bonnie

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              In the 1940s and '50s, Richard Dyer-Bennet (1913-1991) was among the best known and most respected folk singers in America. Paul O. Jenkins tells, for the first time, the story of Dyer-Bennet, often referred to as the ""Twentieth-Century Minstrel."" Dyer-Bennet's approach to sing...ing sounded almost foreign to many American listeners. The folk artist followed a musical tradition in danger of dying out. The Swede Sven Scholander was the last European proponent of minstrelsy and served as Dyer-Bennet's inspiration after the young singer traveled to Stockholm to meet him one year before Scholander's death. Dyer-Bennet's achievements were many. Nine years after his meeting with Scholander, he became the first solo performer of his kind to appear in Carnegie Hall. This book argues Dyer-Bennet helped pave the way for the folk boom of the mid-1950s and early 1960s, finding his influence in the work of Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and many others. It also posits strong evidence that Dyer-Bennet would certainly be much better known today had his career not been interrupted midstream by the anticommunist, Red-scare blacklist and its ban on his performances..
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              ISBN 9781604733600
              Released AU 7 Oct 2009
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              Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, Coon Songs, and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz
               

              Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, Coon Songs, and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Abbott, Lynn; Seroff, Doug

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              A study of how ragtime comedies, bands, and minstrel shows brought blues to the masses. It traces the mass popularity of so-called coon songs during the early years of rag, to their eventual transformation into the original blues music listened to and loved by millions around the... world.
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              ISBN 9781617036453
              Released AU 30 Sep 2012
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              Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943
                

              Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943 (Hardback)

              By Schenbeck, Lawrence

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              Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943 traces the career of racial uplift ideology as a factor in elite African Americans' embrace of classical music around the turn of the previous century, from the collapse of Reconstruction to the death of composer/conductor R. Nathaniel ...Dett, whose music epitomized ""uplift.""After Reconstruction many black leaders had retreated from emphasizing ""inalienable rights"" to a narrower rationale for equality and inclusion: they now sought to rehabilitate the race's image by stressing class distinctions, respectable middle-class behavior, and service to the masses. Musically, the black intelligentsia resorted to European models as vehicles for cultural vindication. Their response to racism was to create and promote morally positive, politically inoffensive art that idealized the race. By incorporating black folk elements into the dignified genres of art song, symphony, and opera, ""uplifters"" demonstrated worthiness through high achievement in acknowledged arenas. Their efforts were variously opposed, tolerated, or supported by a range of white elites with their own notions about African American culture. The resulting conversation--more a stew of arguments than a dialogue--occupied the pages of black newspapers and informed the work of white philanthropists. Women also played crucial roles. Racial Uplift and American Music, 1878-1943 examines the lives and thought of personalities central to musical uplift--Dett, Sears CEO Julius Rosenwald, author James Monroe Trotter, sociologist W. E. B. Du Bois, journalist Nora Douglas Holt, and others--with an eye to recognizing their contributions and restoring their stature.
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              ISBN 9781617032295
              Released AU 3 Feb 2012
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              He Stopped Loving Her Today: George Jones, Billy Sherrill, and the Pretty-Much Totally True Story of the Making of the Greatest Country Record of All Time
                

              He Stopped Loving Her Today: George Jones, Billy Sherrill, and the Pretty-Much Totally True Story of the Making of the Greatest Country Record of All Time (Hardback)

              By Isenhour, Jack

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              When George Jones recorded He Stopped Loving Her Today more than 30 years ago, he was a walking disaster. Twin addictions to drugs and alcohol had him drinking Jim Beam by the case and snorting cocaine as long as he was awake. This book tells the story behind the making of the so...ng often voted the best country song ever by both critics and fans.
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              ISBN 9781617031014
              Released AU 1 Aug 2011
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              Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz
                

              Creole Trombone: Kid Ory and the Early Years of Jazz (Hardback)

              By McCusker, John

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              Edward Kid Ory (1886-1973) was a trombonist, composer, recording artist, and early New Orleans jazz band leader. Drawing on oral history and Ory's unpublished autobiography, this book is a story that is told in large measure by Ory himself.

              ISBN 9781617036262
              Released AU 30 Aug 2012
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              Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of America's Blue Yodeler
                

              Jimmie Rodgers: The Life and Times of America's Blue Yodeler (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Porterfield, Nolan

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              Jimmie Rodgers (1897-1933), the first performer inducted into the American Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961, was one of the most popular country singers of his generation. This biography provides readers with a comprehensive account of Jimmie Rodgers' life, career, and influenc...e on American culture.
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              ISBN 9781578069828
              Released AU 2 Mar 2007
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