Yonder Come the Blues: The Evolution of a Genre / Edition 2

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This book combines three influential and much-quoted books Savannah Syncopators; Blacks, Whites and Blues and Recording the Blues, updated with additional new essays, which collectively confront the problem of how, when and from where the blues emerged and developed. It emphasizes the significance of the African heritage, the mutuality of much white and black music and the role of recording in consolidating the blues. Redressing some of the misconceptions that persist in writing on African-American music, it will be essential reading for all enthusiasts of blues, jazz and country music.

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"The reappearance of these three long-out-of-print books is enough cause for celebration." Notes

"What a delight to have three classic works on blues reissued under one cover. Oliver is to be congratulated for conceiving of the idea and for bringing it to fruition...This book should be in every academic library." CHOICE Dec 2001

"...anyone with a general knowledge of the blues will have his or her understanding deepened by these works, particularly in the updated guise in which they appear here." American Recorder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521782593
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2011
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 374
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Introduction: Yonder come the blues 1
Bk. 1 Savannah syncopators: African retentions in the blues 11
1 Afternoon - Nangodi 13
2 Africa and the jazz historian 20
3 Music in West Africa 38
4 Savannah song 61
5 The source of the slaves 75
6 Africa and the blues 90
Bibliographical notes 106
Acknowledgements 113
7 Afterword 114
Glossary of African instruments 129
Glossary of tribes and people 136
Record list 139
Bk. 2 Blacks, Whites and blues 143
8 Minstrelsy 147
9 Old familiar tunes 160
10 Letting out the blues 179
11 'That's the idea of the white people' 188
12 Out West 204
13 Out East 216
Bibliography 225
14 Afterword 229
Bibliography 237
Recommended recordings (including CD reissues) 238
Bk. 3 Recording the blues 243
15 Birth of an industry 247
16 The new market, 1920-1922 250
17 The classic blues, 1923-1926 260
18 Into the field, 1927-1930 277
19 Hard times, 1931-1934 295
20 Urban blues, 1934-1940 308
21 End of an era, 1941-1945 322
Further information 330
22 Afterword 331
Index to Book 1 343
Index to Book 2 346
Index to Book 3 353
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