In Search of the Blues

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In this extraordinary reconstruction of the origins of the blues, historian Marybeth Hamilton demonstrates that the story as we know it is largely a myth. Following the trail of characters like Howard Odum, who combed Mississippi’s back roads with a cylinder phonograph to record vagrants, John and Alan Lomax, who prowled Southern penitentiaries and unearthed the rough, melancholy vocals of Leadbelly, and James McKune, a recluse whose record collection came to define the primal sounds of the Delta blues, Hamilton ...

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Overview

In this extraordinary reconstruction of the origins of the blues, historian Marybeth Hamilton demonstrates that the story as we know it is largely a myth. Following the trail of characters like Howard Odum, who combed Mississippi’s back roads with a cylinder phonograph to record vagrants, John and Alan Lomax, who prowled Southern penitentiaries and unearthed the rough, melancholy vocals of Leadbelly, and James McKune, a recluse whose record collection came to define the primal sounds of the Delta blues, Hamilton reveals this musical form to be the culmination of a longstanding white fascination with the exotic mysteries of black music.

By excavating the history of the Delta blues, Hamilton reveals the extent to which American culture has been shaped by white fantasies of racial difference.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780465018123
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,421,285
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marybeth Hamilton is a professor of American history at Birkbeck College, University of London. The author of When I’m Bad, I’m Better, she is also a writer and presenter of features for BBC radio. She lives in London.

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  • Posted September 6, 2011

    Disturbing

    I was deeply disturbed by how the author thinks the "innocent negro in the south" invented the blues. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    Tragically bad!

    The so-called author of this book comes across as being emotionally disturbed, and having a severely distorted view of reality. To attack it based on its factual errors would require a book in itelf. Like many people who claim to use critical thinking, Hamilton is instead deeply irrational and, in the end, to be pitied for her arrogance and ignorance.

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