In search of the blues

by Hamilton, Marybeth.

Format: Print Book 2008
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction ML3521.H34 2008
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  ML3521.H34 2008
Carnegie Library of Homestead Non Fiction 781.6 Hami
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  781.6 Hami
Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Charley Patton-we are all familiar with the story of the Delta blues. Fierce, raw voices; tormented drifters; deals with the devil at the crossroads at midnight.

In this extraordinary reconstruction of the origins of the Delta blues, historian Marybeth Hamilton demonstrates that the story as we know it is largely a myth. The idea of something called Delta blues only emerged in the mid-twentieth century, the culmination of a longstanding white fascination with the exotic mysteries of black music.

Hamilton shows that the Delta blues was effectively invented by white pilgrims, seekers, and propagandists who headed deep into America's south in search of an authentic black voice of rage and redemption. In their quest, and in the immense popularity of the music they championed, we confront America's ongoing love affair with racial difference.
The Delta revisited
Impartial testimony
On the trail of Negro folk songs
Sound photographs of Negro songs
Been here and gone
The real Negro blues.

Additional Information
Subjects Blues (Music) -- History and criticism.
Field recordings -- United States -- History.
Publisher New York :Basic Books,2008
Language English
Description 309 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-293) and index.
ISBN 9780465028580 (alk. paper)
0465028586 (alk. paper)
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