Truman and Eisenhower Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs, 1945-1960

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The Truman and Eisenhower Blues is a fascinating and exhaustive account of the gospel and blues music of the post-war period (1945-1960). Guido van Rijn studies over 300 songs, many of them rare recordings, from artists including Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker and B. B. King, and usefully transcribes 123 of them in their entirety. Tapping sources which have previously been neglected by historians, musicologists and sociologists, he provides an illuminating examination of the themes at the heart of this Cold War ...

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The Truman and Eisenhower Blues is a fascinating and exhaustive account of the gospel and blues music of the post-war period (1945-1960). Guido van Rijn studies over 300 songs, many of them rare recordings, from artists including Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker and B. B. King, and usefully transcribes 123 of them in their entirety. Tapping sources which have previously been neglected by historians, musicologists and sociologists, he provides an illuminating examination of the themes at the heart of this Cold War music: the reconversion, the atomic bomb, the Korean War, civil rights, Presidential elections, the economy and the space race. This is a companion volume to the author's award-winning book Roosevelt's Blues (1997).

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Guido van Rijn teaches English at Kennemer Lyceum in Overveen, the Netherlands. He is a widely published writer and music journalist, has run his own record label, Angram Blues, and is co-founder of the Netherlands Blues and Boogie Organisation.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor David Evans (University of Memphis)
Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction
1. Those Reconversion Blues
2. Atom and Evil
3. The Freedom Choo Choo
4. Say a Prayer for the Boys in Korea
5. Things Are So Slow
6. The Alabama Bus Conclusion Notes Bibliography and Further Reading Song Index Artist Index General Index

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