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Songsters and Saints : Vocal Traditions on Race Records - Paul Oliver

Songsters and Saints

Vocal Traditions on Race Records

Paperback Published: 26th November 1984
ISBN: 9780521269421
Number Of Pages: 348

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In this innovatory new book the celebrated writer on the blues, Paul Oliver, rediscovers the wealth of neglected vocal traditions issued on Race records. When blues first reached a large audience it was through the 'Race records' issued specifically for black purchasers in the 1920s. Blues as performed on the professional stage and, later, folk blues from the South have been extensively discussed by many writers. Paul Oliver shows that this emphasis has drawn attention away from the other important vocal traditions also available on Race records: the songs of Southern rural dances, the comic and social songs and ballads of the medicine shows and traveling entertainments, and, even more neglected, the sacred vocal traditions, from the song-sermons of the Baptist and Sanctified preachers to the gospel songs of the church congregations and of the 'jack-leg' preachers and street evangelists.

Over 500 artists and 700 song titles are indexed and there is a guide to reissued recordings.

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"...fills an interesting and important gap in American musical history." Cashbox

List of illustrationsp. vi
Acknowledgmentsp. viii
A note on the transcriptionsp. ix
The half ain't never been told: An introductionp. 1
Do the Bombashay: Dance songs and routinesp. 18
Under the chicken tree: Songs from the ragtime erap. 47
The long-tailed blue: Songsters of the road showsp. 78
If luck don't change: Fantasy, reality and parodyp. 109
As the eagle stirreth her nest: Baptist preachers and their congregationsp. 140
Three ways to praise: Saints of the Sanctified churchesp. 169
Honey in the rock: Jack-leg preachers and evangelistsp. 199
Natural-born men: Survivors of the ballad traditionp. 229
Next week, sometime ...?: Past recording and future researchp. 257
Notesp. 288
Bibliographyp. 309
A guide to reissued recordingsp. 314
Index of song titlesp. 318
Index of artistsp. 325
General indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780521269421
ISBN-10: 0521269423
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 26th November 1984
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.22  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.52

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