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Dreaming Up the Blues: Transatlantic Blues Scholarship in the 1950s

Christian O’Connell

in Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032882
eISBN:
9781617032899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter considers Paul Oliver’s writing in Britain during the 1950s for magazines such as Music Mirror and Jazz Monthly in order to understand the nature of the engagement between scholar and ... More


Boom's Blues: Music, Journalism, and Friendship in Wartime

Wim Verbei

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496805119
eISBN:
9781496812544
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book stands as both a remarkable biography of J. Frank G. Boom (1920–1953) and a recovery of his incredible contribution to blues scholarship originally titled The Blues: Satirical Songs of the ... More


The Big Bang and Real Jazz

Wim Verbei

in Boom's Blues: Music, Journalism, and Friendship in Wartime

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496805119
eISBN:
9781496812544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter details the Netherlands' introduction to African American blues music. Most people believe that that the Netherlands' first became acquainted with African American blues music in the ... More


Born in Chicago: The Impact of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band on the British Blues “Network,” 1964–1970

Andrew Kellett

in Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032882
eISBN:
9781617032899
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the response of the Chicago blues band led by Paul Butterfield to the British blues invasion and their appearance of greater musical authenticity than that of the British ... More


“This Game Is for Life!”

Ali Colleen Neff and William Ferris

in Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip-Hop Story

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732290
eISBN:
9781604734805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732290.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses the hip-hop and blues scene at Red’s Juke Joint in the Mississippi Delta. It suggests that while the juke joint is made from worn materials, it was able to retain a wealth of ... More


“I'm Tore Down”: Lynching and the Birth of a Blues Tradition

Adah Cussow

in Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226310978
eISBN:
9780226311005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226311005.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter examines the lynching's inflicted terror in both the blues lyric and blues autobiographical tradition. It also addresses the linkage between southern lynching and blues song. Any given ... More


“Slang” for Snakes

Wim Verbei

in Boom's Blues: Music, Journalism, and Friendship in Wartime

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496805119
eISBN:
9781496812544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Frans Boom as an avid collector of blues records and his correspondence with publicist, jazz critic, and musicologist Will Gilbert. By the end of 1940, an exchange of ... More


It’s Whose Thing?: The Isley Brothers and Rhythm and Blues

Eric Weisbard

in Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226896168
eISBN:
9780226194370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226194370.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

From their first hit, “Shout,” in 1959, to their number one album Body Kiss in 2003, the Isley Brothers were a constant presence in pop music. Yet their career contains two divergent narratives: a ... More


Nothing but the Blues and Statistics

Wim Verbei

in Boom's Blues: Music, Journalism, and Friendship in Wartime

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496805119
eISBN:
9781496812544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter details events after Frans Boom began hiding from the Nazis in May 1943. Like so many other students, Frans went into hiding at first by simply staying in his parents' house in ... More


Transatlantic Roots Music: Folk, Blues, and National Identities

Jill Terry and Neil A. Wynn (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032882
eISBN:
9781617032899
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This book presents a collection of essays on the debates about origins, authenticity, and identity in folk and blues music. The essays had their origins in an international conference on the ... More


Shifting Perspectives

Wim Verbei

in Boom's Blues: Music, Journalism, and Friendship in Wartime

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496805119
eISBN:
9781496812544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

At the end of 1941, Will Gilbert decided to accept a job at the Department of Public Information and Art (DVK). His decision was of crucial importance to Frans Boom's blues project and the course of ... More


Dreadfully Purged

Wim Verbei

in Boom's Blues: Music, Journalism, and Friendship in Wartime

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496805119
eISBN:
9781496812544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter details events that prevented the publication of the final completed blues manuscript The Blues by J. Frank Boom and Will G. Gilbert. Over a period of nearly thirty years, there were ... More


New Blues in the Mississippi Delta

Ali Colleen Neff and William Ferris

in Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip-Hop Story

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732290
eISBN:
9781604734805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732290.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter focuses on the musical style of TopNotch the Villain, a hip-hop artist from the Mississippi Delta. It explains that TopNotch’s freestyle technique reveals the rhythms of blues music, the ... More


True Blues Ain’t No New News

Ali Colleen Neff and William Ferris

in Let the World Listen Right: The Mississippi Delta Hip-Hop Story

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604732290
eISBN:
9781604734805
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604732290.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter focuses on the relationship between blues music and freestyle hip-hop music in the Mississippi Delta. Topnotch the Villain admits to growing up on blues music and that his musical style ... More


Introduction

Adah Cussow

in Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226310978
eISBN:
9780226311005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226311005.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter introduces the blues tradition. It begins in the South of the 1890s because blues music began to emerge as a folk form during that decade, coalescing out of a welter of extant black ... More


Matters of Principle

Wim Verbei

in Boom's Blues: Music, Journalism, and Friendship in Wartime

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496805119
eISBN:
9781496812544
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter details the circumstances that delayed the publication of Frans Boom's manuscript. Frans completed most chapters of his blues manuscript in the winter of 1943 and spring of 1944. ... More


Top 40 Democracy: The Rival Mainstreams of American Music

Eric Weisbard

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780226896168
eISBN:
9780226194370
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226194370.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

American popular music history takes a new shape when the force behind the hits – radio airplay – claims center stage. The 1950s Top 40 hits approach structured rival formats, too, by the 1970s: ... More


Dis(Re)memberment Blues: Narratives of Abjection and Redress

Adah Cussow

in Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226310978
eISBN:
9780226311005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226311005.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter explores in detail three novels, an autobiography, and a lyric poem that dramatize the encounter of the black male blues subject with the legacy of spectacle lynching. Roberta Rubenstein ... More


Depression Folk: Grassroots Music and Left-Wing Politics in 1930s America

Ronald D. Cohen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469628813
eISBN:
9781469628837
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469628813.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

The role of folk music, broadly defined, during the trying years of the Great Depression in the United States, 1929–40, with a particular focus on the role of left-wing political groups and ... More


Warming by the Devil’s Fire (2003)

James Naremore

in Charles Burnett: A Cinema of Symbolic Knowledge

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520285521
eISBN:
9780520960954
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520285521.003.0011
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Warming by the Devil’s Fire is one in a series of films on blues music produced for television by Martin Scorsese. Burnett’s episode is by far the best of the series, in part because it shows the ... More


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