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Demons of Disorder: Early Blackface Minstrels and their World (Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama) Paperback – July 28, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0521568289 ISBN-10: 0521568285

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Product Details

  • Series: Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 28, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521568285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521568289
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,791,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...merits the attention of students and scholars in theater, anthropology, law, and sociology, as well as music....Recommended for upper-division undergraduates through faculty." Choice

"In this original and subtly written work, Cockrell demonstrates the value of a focused analysis of minstrlsy in a particular time and place--an approach that stands to enhance the study of all periods of minstrel history. Demons of Disorder offers an important corrective to postmodernist scholarship in asserting that understanding cultural meanings requires not simply theoretical speculation but careful examination of the historical record." Howard L. Sacks, American Music

"...required reading for anyone wishing to grasp the depth of meaning and the range of opinion on blackface minstrelsy." Brian Thompson, Notes

"This book, which unpacks so much about the phenomenon clearly and provocatively, deserves our close attention." Ethnomusicology

"...a highly creative study of blackface minstrelsy, adds to an already impressive literature on the subject." Journal of Social History

Book Description

Carnival, charivari, mumming plays, peasant festivals, and even early versions of the Santa Claus mythall of these forms of entertainment influenced and shaped blackface minstrelsy in the first half of the nineteenth century. In his fascinating study Demons of Disorder, musicologist Dale Cockrell studies issues of race and class by analyzing their cultural expressions, and investigates the roots of still-remembered songs such as "Jim Crow," "Zip Coon," and "Dan Tucker." The first book on the blackface tradition written by a leading musicologist, Demons of Disorder is an important achievement in music history and culture.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nab8la on September 5, 2014
Format: Paperback
Boring. and I'm an academic! Does anyone need to read this stuff? Too many long quotes, esp. since the book is short. This is typing, not writing. I'm sure the research is adequate, but ultimately, who cares about any of this? The writer demonstrates that black minstrel shows were popular and that they made blacks look bad. Duh. It's really no more complex than that; the writer merely tries to make you think it is, with 'profound' and 'important' dates and charts and....
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