The Songs of Blind Folk: African American Musicians and the Cultures of Blindness

The Songs of Blind Folk: African American Musicians and the Cultures of Blindness

by Terry Rowden
     
 

ISBN-10: 0472050648

ISBN-13: 9780472050642

Pub. Date: 09/28/2009

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

The Songs of Blind Folk explores the ways that the lives and careers of blind and visually impaired African American musicians and singers have mirrored the changes in America's image of African Americans and the social positioning and possibilities of the entire black community. The book offers a historically grounded consideration of African American performers

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The Songs of Blind Folk explores the ways that the lives and careers of blind and visually impaired African American musicians and singers have mirrored the changes in America's image of African Americans and the social positioning and possibilities of the entire black community. The book offers a historically grounded consideration of African American performers and their audiences, and the ways that blindness, like blackness, has affected the way the music has been produced and received. Author Terry Rowden considers the controversial nineteenth-century prodigy Blind Tom Bethune; blues singers and songwriters such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, who achieved an unprecedented degree of visibility and acceptance in the 1920s and '30s; spiritual and gospel musicians such as the Blind Boys of Alabama; celebrated jazz and rhythm and blues artists Art Tatum, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Ray Charles; and finally, perhaps the best known of all blind performers, Stevie Wonder.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780472050642
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Publication date:
09/28/2009
Series:
Corporealities: Discourses of Disability Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Blind Tom and the Cultural Politics of Visibility 15

Chapter 2 Blind in Blue Blindness and Identity in the Blues Tradition 35

Chapter 3 The Souls of Blind Folk Blindness and Blind People in African American Spiritual and Gospel Music 65

Chapter 4 Blindness and the Rhetoric of "Genius" Art Tatum, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Ray Charles 85

Chapter 5 The Inner and Outer Visions of Stevie Wonder 105

Notes 123

Bibliography 143

Index 165

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