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Introduction

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/9781469633664.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter argues that the connection between the devil and the blues is much more extensive than prevailing popular mythologies, which tend to focus narrowly on the phrase "the devil's music" and ... More


I’m Going to Marry the Devil’s Daughter: Blues Tricksters Signifying on Jim Crow

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/9781469633664.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the way in which the blues lyric tradition uses the devil as a figure for the southern white man and hell as a figure for the miseries of the Jim Crow South. The white slave ... More


The Influence of the Mississippi Delta Style on Chicago’s Postwar Blues

Mike Rowe

in Charley Patton: Voice of the Mississippi Delta

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496816139
eISBN:
9781496816177
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496816139.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter addresses the influence of the Mississippi Delta style on Chicago's postwar blues. By the time the great Delta blues artists appeared on record the Depression was on, and no matter how ... More


Blues Feelings and “Real Bluesmen”

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/9781469660363.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter seeks to do two different things: deconstruct the concept of the “bluesman” as a trope of blues authenticity and, on the other hand, explore the surprisingly variegated group of ... More


Ramblified: The Early Years of Eddie “Son” House

Daniel Beaumont

in Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780195395570
eISBN:
9780190268060
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395570.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter illustrates the early life of Eddie “Son” House, who as a child and a young man exhibited the restive and persistent energy that he would later be well-known for in his music. Beyond the ... More


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