Kennedy's Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs on JFK

Kennedy's Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs on JFK

by Guido van Rijn, Brian Ward
ISBN-10:
1578069572
ISBN-13:
9781578069576
Pub. Date:
07/25/2007
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
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Kennedy's Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs on JFK

Kennedy's Blues: African American Blues and Gospel Songs on JFK collects in a single volume the blues and gospel songs written by African Americans about the presidency of John F. Kennedy and offers a close analysis of Kennedy's hold upon the African American imagination. These blues and gospel songs have never been transcribed and analyzed in a systematic way, so this volume provides a hitherto untapped source on the perception of one of the most intriguing American presidents.

After eight years of Republican rule the young Democratic president received a warm welcome from African Americans. However, with the Cold War military draft and the slow pace of civil rights measures, inspiration temporarily gave way to impatience.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers, the March on Washington, the groundbreaking civil rights bill--all found their way into blues and gospel songs. The many blues numbers devoted to the assassination and the president's legacy are evidence of JFK's near-canonization by African Americans. Blues historian Guido van Rijn shows that John F. Kennedy became a mythical hero to blues songwriters despite what was left unaccomplished.

Guido van Rijn is teacher of English at Kennemer Lyceum in Overveen, the Netherlands. His previous books include The Truman and Eisenhower Blues: African American Blues and Gospel Songs, 1945-1960.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781578069576
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 07/25/2007
Series: American Made Music Series
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Foreword     ix
Acknowledgments     xix
Introduction     xxi
John F. Kennedy, the Man and the Myth     3
JFK Says I've Got to Go     19
Twistin' Out in Space     47
The Welfare Turns Its Back on You     59
March On, Dr. Martin Luther King     69
The Day the World Stood Still     109
Conclusion     167
Notes     175
Bibliography     193
Song Index     201
Artist Index     205
General Index     209

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