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Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come from: Lyrics and History (American Made Music) Hardcover – November, 2005

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Springer offers a collection of essays on the blues as a neglected form of oral history, used by African Americans primarily to record significant events. The eight essays include examination of a murder ballad from the 1930s and blues songs during Prohibition and the Jim Crow era. Although the tone of some of the essays is a bit academic, the opening essay on blues lyrics from the 1927 Mississippi River flood is particularly compelling, in light of the recent flood in New Orleans. Blatantly discriminatory treatment of blacks and whites following the floods, dissatisfaction with the response of the federal government and the Red Cross, and mistreatment of black workers and sharecroppers feature among the lyrics. Essayist David Evans also recalls the rush to record flood songs following the tragedy and the rise in popularity of Bessie Smith's "Back-Water Blues," though it was recorded shortly before the flood. An intriguing intersection of music and oral history. Vanessa Bush
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This vibrant and varied look at African American songs and the history behind the lyrics

* Offers essays by some of the best blues scholars in the world, such as Paul Oliver, John Cowley, and David Evans

* Includes contributions from Randall Cherry (independent; Paris), John Cowley (University of London), Evans (University of Memphis), Tom Freeland (independent; Oxford, Mississippi), Luigi Monge (independent; Genoa, Italy), Oliver (Oxford Brookes University), Chris Smith (independent; Out Skerries, Shetland Islands), Springer (University of Metz), Guido van Rijn (Kennemer Lyceum, Overveen, Netherlands)

* Features two unique contributions, the essay by David Evans on the blues and gospel songs on the 1927 Mississippi River Flood and the essay by John Cowley on West Indian blues, that were years in the making and will be extremely important to blues scholars and students


Product Details

  • Series: American Made Music
  • Hardcover: 303 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi (November 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578067979
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578067978
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,860,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great book!
If you like the blues,then this book is a must.
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