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Broadcasting the Blues

Broadcasting the Blues


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About the Book

Broadcasting the Blues: Black Blues in the Segregation Era is based on Paul Oliver's award-winning radio broadcasts from the BBC that were created over several decades. It traces the social history of the blues in America, from its birth in the rural South through the heyday of sound recordings. Noted blues scholar Paul Oliver draws on decades of research and personal interviews with performers--some of whom he discovered and recorded for the first time--to draw a picture of how the blues aesthetic developed, giving new insights into the role blues played in American society before racial integration.

The book begins by outlining the history of the blues from African music through country stomps, ragtime songs, and field hollers. From the heroic figures of black folksong--including the steel-driving railroad worker John Henry and the destructive Boll Weevil--to the content of the emerging blues, the author discusses the meaning behind the often coded words of the blues, evoking topics such as playful sexuality, magic and medicine, the stresses of segregation, and commentary on national events. Finally, the author traces the history of blues documentation, showing how our views of the early blues have been shaped through a complex interplay of social forces, and indicating possible lines for future research.


About the Author:

Paul Oliver is a world-renowned authority on the blues. He was among the first to write seriously about the music, and his many acclaimed books include Blues FeelThis Morning, Conversation with the Blues, The Story ofthe Blues, and Savannah Syncopators. He lives in Oxfordshire, England.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780415971768
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Height: 261 mm
  • No of Pages: 210
  • Series Title: English
  • Weight: 544 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0415971764
  • Publisher Date: 12 Oct 2005
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 17 mm
  • Width: 182 mm


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