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Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920

  • Author: Muir, Peter
Required reading for lovers of the blues and historians of American popular music

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$152.50

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Contents

  • Acknowledgments vi
  • A Word About the Music Examples ix
  • Introduction 1
  • 1. The Popular Blues Industry 1912-1920 10
  • The Birth of Popular Blues 10
  • The Nature and Scope of the Early Popular Blues Industry 15
  • The Development of the Popular Blues Industry 21
  • Blues Performances in the Mainstream 27
  • 2. The Identity and Idiom of Early Popular Blues 41
  • The Main Influences: Folk Blues and Tin Pan Alley 41
  • An Overview of Popular Blues Songs 44
  • The Five Categories of Popular Blues Songs 53
  • An Overview of Instrumental Blues 63
  • Some Distinctive Components of the Popular Blues Idiom 80
  • 3. Curing the Blues with the Blues 102
  • Introduction 102
  • Origins and Definitions of the Term "Blues" 103
  • Musical Alleviation of the Blues 107
  • Homeopathic and Allopathic Blues 113
  • 4. The Blues of W. C. Handy 141
  • Introduction 141
  • Blues from the Memphis Period (1909-1917) 142
  • Blues After the Move to New York (1917-1953) 177
  • Conclusion 185
  • 5. The Creativity of Early Southern Published Blues 196
  • Introduction 196
  • Southern Published Blues of 1912-1914 197
  • Euday L. Bowman 209
  • George W. Thomas 212
  • Perry Bradford 217
  • Southern Published Blues of 1915-1920 223
  • 6. Published Proto-Blues and the Evolution of the Twelve-Bar Sequence 234
  • Introduction 234
  • Development of the Blues Song 235
  • The Evolution of the Twelve-Bar Blues Sequence 242
  • Conclusion 269
  • Appendix: Titular Blues 1912-1915 279
  • Major Works Consulted 291