Spreadin' Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters, 1880-1920by David A Jasen, Gene Jones
Pub. Date: 10/01/2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Spreadin' Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters, 1880-1930 is a classic work on a little-studied subject in American music history: the contribution of African-American songwriters to the world of popular song. Hailed by Publishers Weekly as "thoroughly researched and entertainingly written," this work documents the careers of songwriters like James A. Bland ("Carry Me Back to Ole Virginny"), Bert Williams ("Nobody"), W. C. Handy ("St. Louis Blues"), Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake ("I'm Just Wild About Harry"), and many more. Richly illustrated with rare photographs from sheet music, newspapers, and other unique sources, the book documents an entire era of performance when black singers, dancers, and actors were active on the New York stage.
In sheer depth of research, new information, and full coverage, Spreadin' Rhythm Around offers a comprehensive picture of the contributions of black musicians to American popular song. For anyone interested in the history of jazz, pop song, or Broadway, this book will be a revelation.
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Table of ContentsList of Illustrations
Prologue: Before Pop
Chapter 1: "In the Evening by the Moonlight"
The Minstrel Era and the Beginnings of Tin Pan Alley
James A. Bland
Gussie L. Davis
Chapter 2: "Stay in Your Own Back Yard"
Black Songwriters of the Coon Song Era
Chapter 3: "Tell Me, Dusky Maiden"
The First Black Composers on Broadway
Will Marion Cook
Bob Cole and J. Rosamond Johnson
Chapter 4: Business is Business with Me
The First Black Publishers of Popular Music
Chapter 5: Livin High (Sometimes)
Black Songwriters of the Teens and Twenties
James Reese Europe
Chapter 6: Aunt Hagar's Children
The Black Entrepreneurs of the Blues
W. C. Handy
J. Mayo Williams
Chapter 7: If You've Never Been Vamped by a Brown Skin
Black Theatre Composers of the 1920's
Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake
Henry Creamer and Turner Layton
James P. Johnson
Index of Song Titles
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