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“Make My Getaway”: Southern Violence and Blues Entrepreneurship in W. C. Handy's Father of the Blues

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/9780226311005.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

This chapter explores the links between southern violence and blues' emergence during the 1890s from a slightly different perspective, concentrating on William Christopher Handy. For Handy, blues ... More


Unsettling Blues: A Decolonial Reading of the Blues Episteme

Rufus Burnett

in Beyond the Doctrine of Man: Decolonial Visions of the Human

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780823286898
eISBN:
9780823288731
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823286898.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Theology

“Unsettling Blues: A Decolonial Reading of the Blues Episteme” reads the phenomenon of American Blues with Sylvia Wynter’s analysis of Eurocentric ontology, “the doctrine of Man,” in its Christian ... More


Riff Blues

Henry Martin

in Charlie Parker, Composer

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190923389
eISBN:
9780190923419
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190923389.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Chapter 8 studies the Parker-composed blues that are based on riffs. There are surprisingly few of these as compared to through-composed blues: only ten, and of these two are early pieces: “Hootie ... More


“Spectacles in Color”: The Primitive Drag of Langston Hughes

Sam See, Scott Herring, Heather Love, and Wendy Moffat

Christopher Looby and Michael North (eds)

in Queer Natures, Queer Mythologies

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780823286980
eISBN:
9780823288830
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823286980.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Langston Hughes’s “Spectacles in Color” envisions Harlem culture as a drag performance. The Weary Blues records a lyric history of modernist Harlem in poems that perform in drag, an aesthetic of ... More


In the “Side Room”: Eating with the Maynards and the Burgesses

Mark S. Warner

in Eating In the Side Room: Food, Archaeology, and African American Identity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780813061115
eISBN:
9780813051390
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813061115.003.0007
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter attempts to discover the cultural significance attached to food choices. The taken for granted-ness of food choices also can make the broader cultural meanings difficult to reconstruct. ... More


The Second Coming of the Son: The Return of 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/9780195395570.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

One event that was considered peculiar to the 1960s was the search for a black man, a former pre-World War II blues musician, in Mississippi. This chapter narrates the events leading up to and during ... More


The Blues Blowed My Spirit Away: Apostasy at a Frolic

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/9780195395570.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter describes the beginnings of Son House's music career. It recounts the story of House's fateful stroll that led him to a house party, where he heard the strange and captivating sound of a ... More


The Ramayana and Sita in Films and Popular Media: The Repositioning of a Globalised Version

Aarttee Kaul Dhar

in The Return of the Epic Film

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780748684021
eISBN:
9780748697069
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748684021.003.0012
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

Sita is a leading female icon of India, and Ramayana forms a key part of India’s epic heritage, yet her character remains largely unknown in popular films outside India. With three hundred variations ... More


I Come for to Sing

Kevin D. Greene

in The Invention and Reinvention of Big Bill Broonzy

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646497
eISBN:
9781469646510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646497.003.0006
Subject:
History, African-American History

From 1930 to 1970, a second folk music revival took hold in the United States and Europe, determined to capture and preserve for posterity US and European vernacular music. Critical to this ... More


Back to Black: Soul

David E. James

in Rock 'N' Film: Cinema's Dance With Popular Music

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2015
ISBN:
9780199387595
eISBN:
9780199387632
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199387595.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

With the collapse of the counterculture, the biracial aspirations of rock ’n’ roll and their reproduction in cinema gave way to new forms of separate black and white music and of films about them. ... More


New York, Jimmie Lunceford, the Great Lakes, and the First Gerald Wilson Orchestra

Steven Loza

in The Jazz Pilgrimage of Gerald Wilson

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496816023
eISBN:
9781496816061
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496816023.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Gerald Wilson's experience with the Jimmie Lunceford orchestra through the formation of his own and first orchestra. He joined Jimmie Lunceford in 1939, and it was Dizzy ... More


Masculinity, Race, and the Blues in the Bizpic Cadillac Records (2008)

Jesse Schlotterbeck

in Anxiety Muted: American Film Music in a Suburban Age

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2014
ISBN:
9780199936151
eISBN:
9780190204662
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936151.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

While musical biopics typically focus on individual careers, Cadillac Records, about the blues label Chess Records, strays from this tendency, covering an array of talent, including Chuck Berry, ... More


Print the Legend

Kevin Whitehead

in Play the Way You Feel: The Essential Guide to Jazz Stories on Film

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
April 2020
ISBN:
9780190847579
eISBN:
9780190948306
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190847579.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, American

As described in this short chapter, movies about jazz sometimes inspire impressionable viewers to become professional musicians. Such films may even influence the specific ways they play. In ... More


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