A remarkable blend of history and drama seen through the eyes of a noted New Orleans bluesman. This extraordinary life history is the result of more than 15 years of recorded conversations, pieced together into a narrative of a uniquely American experience. Joseph's colorful portrayals of the characters who parade through his life document more than 70 years of changing relationships between blacks and whites. In his own words, he describes growing up in Louisiana, working a rice plantation, and how Gospel music put him on a career path. His candid remarks underscore the economic necessity prevalent in a musician's life. Within the tales of gigs, card games, and romantic exploits are intimate glimpses of legendary figures, including Billie Holiday and Muddy Waters. His descriptions of performing in New Orleans, New York, and Europe are especially revealing, filled with life experiences as rich as the rhythm and lyrics of the blues he played.
|Publisher:||Arcadia Publishing SC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
PLEASANT JOSEPH was born in Wallace, Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans in 1907. Known as "Cousin Joe," he was a self-taught musician who got his start in gospel singing. His album Bad Luck Blues was named 1972 Blues Album of the Year in France. He died in New Orleans in 1989.
HARRIET J. OTTENHEIMER is Emerita Professor of Anthropology and American Ethnic Studies for Kansas State University. She is focusing on writing and research.