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The blue devils of Nada : a contemporary American approach to aesthetic statement

Author: Albert Murray
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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An exploration of the blues aesthetic in writing, music, and art, as "stylized expressions of transcendence through sheer style, always informed by an awareness of the vicissitudes of life."
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Murray, Albert.
Blue devils of Nada.
New York : Pantheon Books, ©1996
(OCoLC)604018775
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Albert Murray
ISBN: 9780679442134 0679442138
OCLC Number: 32821422
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 238 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. The intent of the artist: Regional particulars and universal implications --
pt. 2. Two all-American artists first person singular: Duke Ellington vamping till ready --
Comping for Count Basie --
pt. 3. The Armstrong continuum: The twentieth-century American herald --
pt. 4. The Ellington synthesis: The vernacular imperative --
Storiella Americana as she is swyung; or, The blues as representative anecdote --
Armstrong and Ellington stomping the blues in Paris --
pt. 5. The visual equivalent to blues composition: Bearden plays Bearden --
pt. 6. The storyteller as blues singer: Ernest Hemingway swinging the blues and taking nothing.
Responsibility: Albert Murray.

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An exploration of the blues aesthetic in writing, music, and art, as "stylized expressions of transcendence through sheer style, always informed by an awareness of the vicissitudes of life."

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