Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues / Edition 2

Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues / Edition 2

by Paul Oliver
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521377935

ISBN-13: 9780521377935

Pub. Date: 08/28/1990

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This is a new, thoroughly revised edition of Paul Oliver's classic study of the blues. First published in 1960, this remarkable book has not been superseded and its reappearance will be welcomed by all who wish to understand the complexity of meaning in the blues and the experiences which they expressed. The book examines the functions of the blues as black

Overview

This is a new, thoroughly revised edition of Paul Oliver's classic study of the blues. First published in 1960, this remarkable book has not been superseded and its reappearance will be welcomed by all who wish to understand the complexity of meaning in the blues and the experiences which they expressed. The book examines the functions of the blues as black American folk music recorded during the 78 rpm era, from the 1920s to the 1950s. The lyrics are quoted extensively throughout the book, revealing their significance as a means of communication within black society. The author shows how the themes of labour and unemployment, migration and the Depression years, love, sex, and marriage, crime, violence and imprisonment, disasters, sickness, war and death are expressed in black idioms and he discusses their meaning on many levels.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521377935
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/1990
Series:
Canto Book Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
376
Sales rank:
1,067,324
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Author's note and acknowledgements to the first edition; Foreword by Richard Wright; Preface to the revised edition; Introduction; 1. Got to work or leave; 2. Railroad for my pillow; 3. Pains in my heart; 4. I'm a rooster, baby; 5. The jinx is on me; 6. Let the deal go down; 7. Evil and mean and funny; 8. Goin' to take a rap; 9. World black as midnight; 10. Going down slow; 11. Blues like showers of rain; Bibliographical references; Discography of quoted blues; Acknowledgements to discography; Index of quoted blues singers; General index.

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