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Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895 (American Made Music) Hardcover – February 13, 2003

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A deluxe, encyclopedic survey of the cultural scene that engendered the popular music of the twentieth century

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Lynn Abbott works for the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University. He is the author (with Doug Seroff) of Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, "Coon Songs," and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz.

Doug Seroff is an independent scholar living in Greenbriar, Tennessee. He is the author (with Lynn Abbott) of Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, "Coon Songs," and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Series: American Made Music
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi; 1st edition (February 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578064996
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578064991
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,078,527 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By tbroo on June 22, 2003
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One of the problems with historical research is that we often get lost in summaries and highlights - and lose a sense of context, what it was really like to live in a distant time and space. This excellently done reference book is all about "being there" - it literally reprints music-related news stories from the black press of the period 1889-1895, along with some connecting narrative. The authors have long studied this era and give us a vivid view of the black music scene in the period when syncopated music was just emerging into the mainstream, shortly to morph into ragtime and then jazz. Many of the names will be unfamiliar (though I did sight such diverse figures as W.C. Handy and Antonin Dvorak), but any student of roots music will find this fascinating reading, not only for the "big" events, but for the little ones. There are even a few of the earliest black recording artists here (commercial recording began around 1890). There are fascinating illustrations, and extensive notation. Altogether a handsomely done book, as well as an important piece of scholarship on African-American music and history.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Tony Thomas on October 16, 2007
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This book presents a deep survey of African American professional and commercial entertainment from the late 1880s until the turn of the century. In doing this, the authors document an aspect of music that is often neglected. Yet, we cannot discuss this volume alone. When I speak of this book, all the same words apply to _Ragged but Right_, by the same authors which continues the story to the first twenty years of the 20th Century.

What these books document is the explosion of African American musical creativity that changed the entire popular musical world, once slavery was overthrown and African American creativity broke free. Every conceivable instrument from the banjo-newly reconstituted by European American manufacturers-- to the Oboe was taken up in the stream of instrumentalmusic expressed first in string bands, brass bands, dance orchestras, minstrel bands, circus bands, string quartets, ragtime bands, classical ensembles, and ultimately jazz bands and blues bands. Seroff and Abbot are wise to include the rise of Black religious music, if only in a formalized, Europeanized, and essentially entertainment rather than worship oriented form, as a central part of the world-wide impact of Black music.

We have an explosion of Black music on the stage, in the streets, in all kinds of touring companies, minstrels, play acting, dancing, and in comedy that begins in the 1880s. We have the explosion of Black dances, some rooted in Africa, that begin to create dance crazes for the entire society as the 19th century runs into the 20th. Best of all this book captures the performers and the producers and the entrepeneurs involved in this business as well as the Black critics.
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By Mr. M. Haymes on February 1, 2014
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This is an indispensable book covering the rise of popular black music in the US from 1889-1895. Most of the artists included have until now, been 'out of sight'-waht it says on the can. One to put alongside "Ragged But Right" by the same authors and continues this fascinating saga up to 1940. Serious cats who are into the roots of the blues, gospel, and jazz, should get both of these books.
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