Screening the Blues: Aspects of the Blues Tradition

Screening the Blues: Aspects of the Blues Tradition

by Paul Oliver
     
 

The noted blues scholar Paul Oliver here examines the many different skeins of the blues form, relating them to other black traditions - musical and religious - and tracing the origin of the blues through the dense, many-colored warp and weft of influences and inspiration. He describes "the dozens," Christmas rituals, and the coded (as well as blatant) sexual imagery…  See more details below

Overview

The noted blues scholar Paul Oliver here examines the many different skeins of the blues form, relating them to other black traditions - musical and religious - and tracing the origin of the blues through the dense, many-colored warp and weft of influences and inspiration. He describes "the dozens," Christmas rituals, and the coded (as well as blatant) sexual imagery that has always been a vital element of every popular song tradition. With extensive source notes, photographs, a discography, and two indexes of song titles and singers, this book serves as a sound, serious, and entertaining guide to the blues heritage that has vitalized so much of the world's musical culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306803444
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/22/1989
Series:
Quality Paperbacks Series
Pages:
302
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.71(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Oliver is the author of several books on the blues including Blues Off the Record.

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