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Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920
     

Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920

by Peter C. Muir
 

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Mamie Smith's 1920 recording of "Crazy Blues" is commonly thought to signify the beginning of commercial attention to blues music and culture, but by that year more than 450 other blues titles had already appeared in sheet music and on recordings. In this examination of early popular blues, Peter C. Muir traces the genre's early history and the highly

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Mamie Smith's 1920 recording of "Crazy Blues" is commonly thought to signify the beginning of commercial attention to blues music and culture, but by that year more than 450 other blues titles had already appeared in sheet music and on recordings. In this examination of early popular blues, Peter C. Muir traces the genre's early history and the highly creative interplay between folk and popular forms, focusing especially on the roles W. C. Handy played in both blues music and the music business.

Long Lost Blues exposes for the first time the full scope and importance of early popular blues to mainstream American culture in the early twentieth century. Closely analyzing sheet music and other print sources that have previously gone unexamined, Muir revises our understanding of the evolution and sociology of blues at its inception.

An internationally recognized pianist, composer, scholar, and conductor, Peter C. Muir is the cofounder and codirector of the Institute for Music and Health in Verbank, New York.

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"Required reading for lovers of the blues and historians of American popular music."—Notes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252076763
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
12/01/2009
Series:
Music in American Life
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,302,727
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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An internationally recognized pianist, composer, scholar, and conductor, Peter C. Muir is the cofounder and codirector of the Institute for Music and Health in Verbank, New York.

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