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The Devil's Music : A History Of The Blues - Giles Oakley

The Devil's Music

A History Of The Blues


Published: 1st April 1997
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Superbly researched and vividly written, "The Devil's Music "is one of the only books to trace the rise and development of the blues both in relation to other forms of black music and in the context of American social history as experienced by African Americans. From its roots in the turn-of-the-century honky-tonks of New Orleans and the barrelhouses and plantations of the Mississippi Delta to modern legends such as John Lee Hooker and B. B. King, the blues comes alive here through accounts by the blues musicians themselves and those who knew them. Throughout this wide-ranging and fascinating book, Giles Oakley describes the texture of the life that made the blues possible, and the changing attitudes toward the music. "The Devil's Music" is a wholehearted and loving examination of one of America's most powerful traditions.

Preface to the second editionp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Slaveryp. 13
Nigger Minstrels and coon songsp. 21
From emancipation to segregationp. 24
From minstrels to ragtimep. 29
Early New Orleans jazz and bluesp. 32
Work and songp. 35
W. C. Handyp. 40
Charley Pattonp. 49
Henry Thomas 'Ragtime Texas'p. 56
Lead Bellyp. 63
The barrelhouse circuit and the 'Piney Woods'p. 68
Migrationp. 74
Crazy bluesp. 83
Showbiz blues I: The tent showsp. 88
Ma Raineyp. 91
Showbiz blues 2: The theatresp. 95
Bessie Smithp. 97
Women's bluesp. 101
The men start recordingp. 111
Field recordingsp. 120
Atlantap. 122
Memphisp. 128
The Depressionp. 145
City bluesp. 157
Blues in St Louisp. 167
Blues in Chicagop. 174
The rural Southp. 184
Blues in the Southp. 190
Post-war bluesp. 207
The end of an erap. 216
Say it loudp. 228
Dealing with the Devil - Into the Ninetiesp. 235
Blues as Heritagep. 239
Blues Down Home - The New Southp. 245
The Malaco Storyp. 246
New South - New Bluesp. 248
Gonna Be Some Changes Madep. 250
Chicago Blues Todayp. 251
The Strong Persuadersp. 253
Sources and acknowledgementsp. 259
Selected bibliographyp. 282
Selected discographyp. 287
General Indexp. 291
Index of Songsp. 306
Picture creditsp. 310
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780306807435
ISBN-10: 0306807432
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st April 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.96 x 15.49  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1