Write Me a Few of Your Lines A Blues Reader

ISBN-10: 1558492062

ISBN-13: 9781558492066

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Authors: Steven C. Tracy

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List price: $35.95
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 11/16/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.398

Steven C. Tracy is a professor of Afro-American studies at the University of Massachusetts and is the author of Langston Hughes and the Blues and Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City.

Prologuep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
A Note on the Readingsp. 8
Defining the Bluesp. 10
Africa and the Blues
African Influence on the Music of the Americasp. 17
From "Blues: The Conflict of Cultures"p. 28
Song Structure and Social Structurep. 32
African Influence on the Bluesp. 57
Africa and the Bluesp. 63
Echoes of the Jungle?p. 69
Before and Alongside the Blues
From Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written By Himselfp. 81
Slave and Post-Slavep. 83
From "Primitive Blues and Primitive Jazz"p. 89
Do the Bombashay: Dance Songs and Routinesp. 95
From "Folk and Popular Blues"p. 119
Folklore and the Blues
Folk-Song and Folk-Poetry as Found in the Secular Songs of the Southern Negroesp. 133
Double Meaning in the Popular Negro Bluesp. 172
I Got the Bluesp. 180
The Singer and the Bluesman: Formulations of Personality in the Lyrics of the Bluesp. 195
Oral Formulas in the Country Bluesp. 201
The Blues and Religion
From "My Adventures as a Social Poet"p. 217
From "Role and Response"p. 218
The Blues as a Secular Religionp. 222
The Blues: A Secular Spiritualp. 231
The Police and the Churchp. 252
The Blues Harp, Parts One and Twop. 261
January, 1925p. 276
From "The Greening of the Delta Blues"p. 279
B. B. King: Analysis of the Artist's Evolving Guitar Techniquep. 282
Negro "Blues" Singers: An Appreciation of Three Coloured Artistsp. 315
Ma Raineyp. 319
Happy New Year! with Memphis Minniep. 321
Liner Notes to black is brown and brown is beautifulp. 323
Juke Boy's Bluesp. 326
From "Big Bobby Blue Bland on Stage"p. 328
From "Wasn't only my songs, they got my music too"p. 334
Racism and Social Protest
From "Living Blues Interview: Eddie Boyd"p. 343
From The Poetry of the Bluesp. 352
From "The Songs: Formulaic Structure and Meaning in Early Downhome Blues"p. 361
On the Record
The Social Context of Black Swan Recordsp. 367
From "Wasn't only my songs, they got my music too"p. 377
Literature, Criticism, and the Blues
Songs Called the Bluesp. 391
Sonny's Bluesp. 394
From The Poetry of the Bluesp. 416
Any Day Now: Black Art and Black Liberationp. 422
Popular Songs vs. The Facts of Lifep. 434
The Blues Roots of Contemporary Afro-American Poetryp. 445
Introduction to Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literaturep. 456
I Used To Be Your Sweet Mama: Ideology, Sexuality, and Domesticityp. 470
The Blues as Influence
From "Charlie Parker: The Burden of Innovation"p. 509
A Lighter Shade of Blue: White Country Bluesp. 514
Fixin' to Diep. 531
From "Whites Versus Blacks"p. 540
A Blues Discographyp. 547
Select Discography: Pre-World War II Bluesp. 551
Select Discography: Post-World War II Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Jazzp. 559
Select Bibliography of Primary and Secondary Sourcesp. 571
Videographyp. 579
The Blues Internet Connectionp. 581
Indexp. 583
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