Black Bottom Stomp: Eight Masters of Ragtime and Early Jazz

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Music - 254 pages
Black Bottom Stomp: Eight Masters of Ragtime and Early Jazz tells the compelling stories of the lives and times of eight seminal figures in American music, including Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, and Jelly Roll Morton. By focusing on these life stories, the authors shed new light on how individuals played such important roles in shaping the development of jazz music. The stories told range from the frustrations Scott Joplin faced trying to be taken "seriously" as a composer to the many protean changes that Jelly Roll Morton made in his life to adapt to new musical times and tastes. The human side of being a musician is explored, with all the sacrifices that were necessary to making it as black entertainers in a predominantly white world.

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Dave Jasen is a world-renowned authority on ragtime and popular song. A Professor of Communications at C.W. Post College, he is the author of numerous books, including Rags and Ragtime (with Trebor J. Tichenor) and Tin Pan Alley . Gene Jones is an actor and ragtime historian. Jansen and Jones togetehr have written two previous books, Spreadin' Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters 1880-1930 , a winner of the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award for best music book, and That American Rag: The Story of Ragtime from Coast to Coast .

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