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Double Crossing Blues

George Lipsitz

in Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666782
eISBN:
9781452946689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666782.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter deals with Johnny Otis’ married life and the beginnings of his music career. Johnny’s first band was The Ink Spots. from the beginning, they usually performed at the annual Cavalcade of ... More


Willie and the Hand Jive

George Lipsitz

in Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666782
eISBN:
9781452946689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666782.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter shows how Johnny Otis became one of the most prominent personalities in popular music during the 1950s, making him Southern California’s most distinguishable representative of Black ... More


Central Avenue Breakdown

George Lipsitz

in Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666782
eISBN:
9781452946689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666782.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter details Johnny Otis’ early life and years growing up with his Greek immigrant family during the 1920s, along with the struggles of being a Greek American experiencing vicious nativist ... More


Play Misty for Me

George Lipsitz

in Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666782
eISBN:
9781452946689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666782.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter traces the origins of Johnny Otis’ music and radio broadcasting endeavors to the assembly of an all-star group of seasoned R&B artists from the 1940s and 1950s at the 1970 Monterey Jazz ... More


The Watts Breakaway

George Lipsitz

in Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666782
eISBN:
9781452946689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666782.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on Johnny Otis’ visual art endeavors; his drawing, painting, and sculpture emerged from his love of and immersion in the spirit of the Black community. Otis perceived strong ... More


Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

George Lipsitz

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666782
eISBN:
9781452946689
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666782.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

Considered by many to be the godfather of R&B, Johnny Otis—musician, producer, artist, entrepreneur, pastor, disc jockey, writer, and tireless fighter for racial equality—has had a remarkable life by ... More


Midnight at the Barrelhouse

George Lipsitz

in Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666782
eISBN:
9781452946689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666782.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter talks about how Johnny Otis’ ideology, life, and legacy are in conflict with dominant norms in the United States, leading to the answer to the question of why his life has been scarcely ... More


Listen to the Lambs

George Lipsitz

in Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816666782
eISBN:
9781452946689
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816666782.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on the writing of Johnny Otis following the Watts riots—all of which culminated into the book Listen to the Lambs, a moving and powerful publication in support of the rebellion ... More


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