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Upside your head! : rhythm and blues on Central Avenue

Author: Johnny Otis
Publisher: Hanover : University Press of New England, ©1993.
Series: Music/culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A passionate memoir by legendary bandleader and musician Otis, who recalls the sheer joy and energy of the blues--and the stifling ugliness of racism. During Otis' 50-year career, he encountered,  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Johnny Otis; Johnny Otis; Johnny Otis; Johnny Otis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Johnny Otis
ISBN: 0819552631 9780819552631 0819562874 9780819562876
OCLC Number: 28067241
Description: xxxv, 174 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction: Creating Dangerously: The Blues Life of Johnny Otis / George Lipsitz --
Central Avenue --
pt. 1. Central Avenue Breakdown. Remembering the Avenue. Central Avenue Revisited. A Grand Time. The Barbershop Experts on Central --
pt. 2. Rhythm and Blues. Curley and Leona's Party. Rhythm and Blues and Malcolm X. Artistry, Energy, and Fun. West Oakland. Be-bop, Count Otis Matthews, and Me. The Ink Spots Tour. Naughty Lyrics. Jailhouse Blues --
pt. 3. The Musicians. Prez: Lester Young. Count Basie. T-Bone Walker. Mister Blues: Wynonie Harris. C.C. Rider: Little Esther Phillips --
pt. 4. The Music. Music and Politics. Big Joe, Cleanhead, and Bones. The Bassackwards Blues. It Don't Mean a Thing if It Ain't Got That Swing. Music and African American Life. Discipline and Style. Time Machine --
pt. 5. Preaching, Painting and Plowing. Landmark Community Church. Ethiopian Children. Draw Me a Picture. What's Hitler Doing? --
pt. 6. The Los Angeles Rebellion and the Politics of Race.
Series Title: Music/culture.
Responsibility: Johnny Otis ; introduction by George Lipsitz.

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