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The ballad of Blind Tom

Author: Deirdre O'Connell
Publisher: New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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The true story of a black musical savant in the era of slavery, this rollicking and heartrending book offers a look into the culture of celebrity and racism at the turn of the 20th century. 50 b&w illustrations.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
O'Connell, Deirdre.
Ballad of Blind Tom.
New York : Overlook Duckworth, 2009
(OCoLC)671560585
Named Person: Blind Tom; Blind Tom; Blind Tom.
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Deirdre O'Connell
ISBN: 1590201434 9781590201435 9780715638378 0715638378
OCLC Number: 233549194
Description: 288 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A woman of good breeding --
Every inch a Southern gentleman --
No ordinary child --
Unwritten legend --
Second sight --
Star of the musical world --
The showman & the magician --
She used to wash my face --
Some fellow might steal me --
Thunder of war --
Home sweet home --
Fiah up de engines! --
Yankee justice --
The great musical mystery --
Heavenly tones --
Perpetual motion --
The things revealed --
The last American slave --
"Tom is non compos mentis" --
Netherworld --
Thunderstorm requiem --
Epilogue : The real Blind Tom.
Responsibility: Deirdre O'Connell.
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Born into slavery in Georgia, Tom Wiggins died an international celebrity in New York in 1908. His life was one of the most moving episodes in American history. Blind and presumably autistic - and so  Read more...

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'It's a story full of contradictions and confusion. According to 19th-century white planter ideology, Tom was "sub-human"; according to African-American folklore, he was a "spirit child" blessed with Read more...

 
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Tragic yet beautiful

by didjryan (WorldCat user published 2009-12-17) Excellent Permalink

I am a pianist and this book inspired me beyond words and I think musicians, in particular, will be touched by Blind Tom's tragic yet beautiful life.

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