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Shadows of Black and White: Materialities and Medialities in May Irwin’s “Frog Song”

Leslie C. Gay Jr

in Audible Infrastructures: Music, Sound, Media

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780190932633
eISBN:
9780190932671
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190932633.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter considers the role of seen and unseen infrastructures in the material transmission and circulation of May Irwin’s (1862–1938) famous “Frog Song.” Just as ontologies of music shift in our ... More


The “Only One Boss Bully”

Sharon Ammen

in May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040658
eISBN:
9780252099090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040658.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

Chapter four continues the examination of the coon song begun in chapter three, narrowing the focus to Irwin’s two most popular songs, “The Frog Song” and “The Bully.” The author analyzes the ... More


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