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Stagolee shot Billy

Author: Cecil Brown
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. ; London : Harvard University Press, 2004.
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Brown tracks the legend of Stagolee through variants of the song "Stack Lee"-from early ragtime versions to contemporary hip-hop renderings. He describes the influence of a legend bigger than  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Cecil Brown
ISBN: 0674016262 9780674016262 0674010566 9780674010567
OCLC Number: 1131548533
Notes: Publié à l'origine : 2003.
Awards: Nominated for OAH Frederick Jackson Turner Award 2004
Nominated for James A. Rawley Prize 2004
Nominated for Merle Curti Award 2004
Nominated for Ray and Pat Browne Award 2004
Nominated for Jacques Barzun Prize 2003
Nominated for MLA Prize for Independent Scholars 2003
Nominated for John G. Cawelti Award 2004
Nominated for Francis Parkman Prize 2004
Description: 296 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction: The Tradition of Stagolee I. STAGOLEE AND ST. LOUIS 1. Stagolee Shot Billy 2. Lee Shelton: The Man behind the Myth 3. That Bad Pimp of Old St. Louis: The Oral Poetry of the Late 1890s 4. "Poor Billy Lyons" 5. Narrative Events and Narrated Events 6. Stagolee and Politics 7. Under the Lid: The Underside of the Political Struggle 8. The Black Social Clubs 9. Hats and Nicknames: Symbolic Values 10. Ragtime and Stagolee 11. The Blues and Stagolee II. THE THOUSAND FACES OF STAGOLEE 12. Jim Crow and Oral Narrative 13. Riverboat Rouster and Mean Mate 14. Work Camps, Hoboes, and Shack Bully Hollers 15. William Marion Reedy's White Outlaw 16. Cowboy Stagolee and Hillbilly Blues 17. Blueswomen: Stagolee Did Them Wrong 18. Bluesmen and Black Bad Man 19. On the Trail of Sinful Stagolee 20. Stagolee in a World Full of Trouble 21. From Rhythm and Blues to Rock and Roll: "I Heard My Bulldog Bark" 22. The Toast: Bad Black Hero of the Black Revolution 23. Folklore/Poplore: Bob Dylan's Stagolee III. MAMMY-MADE: STAGOLEE AND AMERICAN IDENTITY 24. The "Bad Nigger" Trope in American Literature 25. James Baldwin's "Staggerlee Wonders" 26. Stagolee as Cultural and Political Hero 27. Stagolee and Modernism Notes Bibliography Index
Responsibility: Cecil Brown.


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