The Blues Lyric Formula

The Blues Lyric Formula

by Michael Taft, Taft Taft
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415974984

ISBN-13: 9780415974981

Pub. Date: 03/01/2006

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book is the first rigourous and detailed exploration of exactly how blues singers used formulas to create songs, and it more than amply fills the gap in the the study of the blues, where the structure and content of the lyrics have been less fully explored than the musical form.

Focusing on the songs recorded by African-American singers for pre-World War Two

Overview

This book is the first rigourous and detailed exploration of exactly how blues singers used formulas to create songs, and it more than amply fills the gap in the the study of the blues, where the structure and content of the lyrics have been less fully explored than the musical form.

Focusing on the songs recorded by African-American singers for pre-World War Two commercial recording companies, this is an excellent structural analysis of the formulaic composistion of blues lyrics.

This book gives a step-by-step description of the rules implicit in this formulaic structure and inspires new discussion of lyric structures.

A wide array of readers will find this insightful and informative: from students of African-American music, cultural studies, history and linguistics, to Blues fans fascinated by exactly how the lyrics of this influential music style are written.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415974981
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/01/2006
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Defining the Commercial Blues 2. Defining the Blues Formula 3. Fine Adjustments: Extraformulaic Elements in the Blues 4. The Ties that Bind: Formulas to Lines, Lines to Stanzas, Stanzaes to Songs 5. Twenty Common Formulas 6. One Singer's Formulaic Tradition: The Repertoire of Garfield Akers Conclusion: Why is the Blues Formulaic? Singers and Their Songs References Index

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