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Barrelhouse Blues : Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues - Paul Oliver

Barrelhouse Blues

Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues

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In the 1920s, Southern record companies ventured to cities like Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans, where they set up primitive recording equipment in makeshift studios. They brought in street singers, medicine show performers, pianists from the juke joints and barrelhouses. The music that circulated through Southern work camps, prison farms, and vaudeville shows would be lost to us if it hadn't been captured on location by these performers and recorders.

Eminent blues historian Paul Oliver uncovers these folk traditions and the circumstances under which they were recorded, rescuing the forefathers of the blues who were lost before they even had a chance to be heard. A careful excavation of the earliest recordings of the blues by one of its foremost experts, "Barrelhouse Blues" expands our definition of that most American style of music.

The Philadelphia Inquirer "Detailed and deeply felt, Barrelhouse Blues is quite the education." Examiner.com "Oliver's research is deep and his opinions raise questions, but his is a fine book for any blues fan yearning to learn about its origins."

Introductionp. 1
Seeking Secularsp. 9
Travelin' Menp. 23
Songsters of the Southp. 37
Long Lonesome Bluesp. 53
Women's Trouble Bluesp. 69
Country Breakdownp. 85
Times Tight Like Thatp. 109
On the Road Againp. 127
Second Thoughts on Secularsp. 145
Locke's Questionsp. 159
Coda Post Proto-Bluesp. 171
Acknowledgmentsp. 173
Notesp. 177
Discography of Cited Titlesp. 185
Bibliographyp. 195
List of Illustrationsp. 201
Index of Namesp. 207
Subject Indexp. 213
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ISBN: 9780465008810
ISBN-10: 046500881X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 25th August 2009
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1