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This compilation of essays takes the study of the blues to a welcome new level. Distinguished scholars and well-established writers from such diverse backgrounds as musicology, anthropology, musicianship, and folklore join together to examine blues as literature, music, personal expression, and cultural product. Ramblin' on My Mind contains pieces on Ella Fitzgerald, Son House, and Robert Johnson; on the styles of vaudeville, solo guitar, and zydeco; on a comparison of blues and African music; on blues nicknames; and on lyric themes of disillusionment. Contributors are Lynn Abbott, James Bennighof, Katharine Cartwright, Andrew M. Cohen, David Evans, Bob Groom, Elliott Hurwitt, Gerhard Kubik, John Minton, Luigi Monge, and Doug Seroff.
"Evans offers a fresh look at blues scholarship, from its musical roots to interpretations of meaning in post-WW II compositions... The book will appeal to casual blues enthusiasts as much as to serious scholars... Highly recommended."--Choice "[An] illuminating volume... Recommended to all blues fans."--Sing Out "Like a program album wherein melodies and chords are carried from song to song, the authors in this collection pass themes from one essay to the next."--Journal of Southern History
|Bourdon, Blue Notes, and Pentatonism in the Blues: An Africanist Perspective||p. 11|
|"They Cert'ly Sound Good to Me": Sheet Music, Southern Vaudeville, and the Commercial Ascendancy of the Blues||p. 49|
|Abbe Niles, Blues Advocate||p. 105|
|The Hands of Blues Guitarists||p. 152|
|From Bumble Bee Slim to Black Boy Shine: Nicknames of Blues Singers||p. 179|
|Preachin' the Blues: A Textual Linguistic Analysis of Son House's "Dry Spell Blues"||p. 222|
|Some Ramblings on Robert Johnson's Mind: Critical Analysis and Aesthetic Value in Delta Blues||p. 258|
|"Guess These People Wonder What I'm Singing": Quotation and Reference in Ella Fitzgerald's "St. Louis Blues"||p. 281|
|Beyond the Mushroom Cloud: A Decade of Disillusion in Black Blues and Gospel Song||p. 328|
|Houston Creoles and Zydeco: The Emergence of an African American Urban Popular Style||p. 350|
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Series: African Amer Music in Global Perspective
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 21st February 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.64