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Barrelhouse Words : A Blues Dialect Dictionary - Stephen Calt

Barrelhouse Words

A Blues Dialect Dictionary


Published: 26th September 2009
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This fascinating compendium explains the most unusual, obscure, and curious words and expressions from vintage blues music. Utilizing both documentary evidence and invaluable interviews with a number of now-deceased musicians from the 1920s and '30s, blues scholar Stephen Calt unravels the nuances of more than twelve hundred idioms and proper or place names found on oft-overlooked "race records" recorded between 1923 and 1949. From "aggravatin' papa" to "yas-yas-yas" and everything in between, this truly unique, racy, and compelling resource decodes a neglected speech for general readers and researchers alike, offering invaluable information about black language and American slang.

Author's note -- Introduction -- Select annotated bibliography of dictionary sources -- General bibliography -- Informants cited in text -- Abbreviations and symbols used in text -- A blues dialect dictionary -- Appendix -- Index.

ISBN: 9780252090714
ISBN-10: 0252090713
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 26th September 2009
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Edition Number: 1