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Sold It to the Devil: The Great Migration, Lost Generations, and the Perils of the Urban Dance Hall

Adam Gussow

in Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469633664
eISBN:
9781469633688
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469633664.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the first recorded devil blues song, Clara Smith's "Done Sold My Soul to the Devil" (1924). Public anxiety about the moral hazards experienced by black female migrants to the ... More


No Bodily Rights Worth Protecting: Transnational Circulations of Black Hypersexuality in Brazil

Erica Lorraine Williams

in Black Sexual Economies: Race and Sex in a Culture of Capital

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042645
eISBN:
9780252051494
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042645.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

The sexual labor of music making began, in earnest, with the classic Blues women of the 1920s who epitomized the turn to a national Black popular culture. Gertrude “Ma” Rainey was one of the most ... More


Blues Conditions

Adam Gussow

in Whose Blues?: Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781469660363
eISBN:
9781469660387
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660363.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

Between 1920 and 1960, blues was Black popular music. During the decade that followed, however, the Black blues audience largely melted away, redirecting its attentions towards soul music, and a ... More


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