Ramblin' on My Mind: New Perspectives on the Blues

University of Illinois Press
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This compilation of essays takes the study of the blues to a welcome new level. Distinguished scholars and well-established writers from such diverse backgrounds as musicology, anthropology, musicianship, and folklore join together to examine blues as literature, music, personal expression, and cultural product. Ramblin' on My Mind contains pieces on Ella Fitzgerald, Son House, and Robert Johnson; on the styles of vaudeville, solo guitar, and zydeco; on a comparison of blues and African music; on blues nicknames; and on lyric themes of disillusionment.

Contributors are Lynn Abbott, James Bennighof, Katharine Cartwright, Andrew M. Cohen, David Evans, Bob Groom, Elliott Hurwitt, Gerhard Kubik, John Minton, Luigi Monge, and Doug Seroff.

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David Evans is a professor in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis and the author of Tommy Johnson, Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues, and The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Blues. A seasoned performer and producer, Evans is also a Grammy Award winner.

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Publisher
University of Illinois Press
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Published on
Oct 1, 2010
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Pages
440
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ISBN
9780252091124
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Language
English
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Genres
Literary Collections / Essays
Music / General
Music / Genres & Styles / Blues
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
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