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Blues Fell This Morning : Meaning in the Blues - Paul Oliver

Blues Fell This Morning

Meaning in the Blues

Paperback Published: 11th June 1990
ISBN: 9780521377935
Number Of Pages: 376

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This is a new, thoroughly revised edition of Paul Oliver's classic study of the blues. First published in 1960, this remarkable book has not been superseded and its reappearance will be welcomed by all who wish to understand the complexity of meaning in the blues and the experiences which they expressed. The book examines the functions of the blues as black American folk music recorded during the 78 rpm era, from the 1920s to the 1950s. The lyrics are quoted extensively throughout the book, revealing their significance as a means of communication within black society. The author shows how the themes of labour and unemployment, migration and the Depression years, love, sex, and marriage, crime, violence and imprisonment, disasters, sickness, war and death are expressed in black idioms and he discusses their meaning on many levels.

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' ... remarkable ... a definitive study in breadth and depth of the themes, backgrounds, imagery and motivation of the blues.' The New York Times

List of illustrationsp. viii
Author's note and acknowledgments to the first editionp. ix
Forewordp. xiii
Preface to the revised editionp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Got to work or leavep. 12
Railroad for my pillowp. 43
Pains in my heartp. 69
I'm a rooster, babyp. 95
The jinx is on mep. 117
Let the deal go downp. 138
Evil and mean and funnyp. 165
Goin' to take a rapp. 188
World black as midnightp. 215
Going down slowp. 243
Blues like showers of rainp. 265
Bibliographical referencesp. 290
Discography of quoted bluesp. 304
Acknowledgments to discographyp. 335
Index of quoted blues singersp. 336
General indexp. 340
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ISBN: 9780521377935
ISBN-10: 0521377935
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 376
Published: 11th June 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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