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The story of the blues

Author: Paul Oliver
Publisher: Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1972.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Oliver
ISBN: 0140035095 9780140035094
OCLC Number: 2736199
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 176 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, music, portraits ; 30 cm
Contents: Long hot summer days : the background of Afro-American music in the meeting of cultures after the Civil War --
Cottonfield hollers : origins of blues in work songs, field hollers and the ballads of the songsters --
Down the dirt roads : traditions of the plantations around the Mississippi Delta and emergent blues techniques --
Froggy Bottom to Buckhead : blues singers of Texas, Alabama and Georgia; development of guitar and piano music --
Bed slats an' all : string, washboard and jug bands; Beale Street blues and the medicine show entertainers --
Rabbit Foot and Toby Time : minstrel and tent shows, vaudeville theatre circuits and the women 'classic blues' singers --
Struttin' that thing : Negro migrations in the jazz era; piano music in the South, in Chicago and Detroit --
Walking the basses : urban blues and boogi-woogie of St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville and the Mid-Western cities --
Hard time everywhere : blues bands of Chicago's South and West sides in the 'thirties and 'forties --
Back to Mississippi : the continuity of the rural blues tradition in Mississippi before the Second World War --
Travelin' men : guitar rags and harmonica breakdowns in the Eastern states, the Carolinas and Tennessee --
The number one scab : barrelhouse piano; the effects of recording; Kansas city blues and the migration to the West Coast --
King Biscuit time : blues on the radio networks; post-war blues centres of the South and the urban North --
Blues and trouble : rhythm and blues; the rise of modern styles; blues and the international audience --
Music examples.
Responsibility: Paul Oliver.

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