Blues: An Anthology : Complete Words and Music of 53 Great Songs

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William Christopher Handy
Da Capo Press, 1990 - Music - 224 pages
In 1926, W.C. Handy published Blues: An Anthology, a classic collection of great blues songs arranged for piano and voice—the most famous blues collection in history. Among the first black men to write and publish blues music, Handy (1873–1958) did more than anyone else to make blues popular and accepted. The composer of "Memphis Blues," "St. Louis Blues," and "Beale Street Blues," Handy became widely recognized as "The Father of Blues."Revised in 1949 and 1972, this edition of Handy's anthology incorporates the music to more than fifty songs with Abbe Nile's introductory historical notes that discuss blues as music, as verse, as an influence on jazz and popular song, and W. C. Handy and his place in music history. In addition to Handy's tunes and arrangements such as "East St. Louis," "Juba," "Yellow Dog Blues," and "Aunt Hagar's Children," there are notes for each song, a bibliography, and a chart of guitar chords. The text is supplemented with an outstanding new introduction by William Ferris, and highlighted by a series of striking drawings and lithographs by the renowned Mexican illustrator Miguel Covarrubias (1902–1957).

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Contents

THE STORY OF THE BLUES EAST ST LOUIS
11
AND JAZZ
27
THE PIONEERS 84
34
BLUES AND RECENT JAZZ
45
THE BACKGROUND THE MEMPHIS BLUES
70
LET US CHEER THE WEARY THE JOGO BLUES
82
JOE JACOBS GOLDEN BROWN BLUES
90
SAIL AWAY LADIES FLORIDA BLUES
96
BEALE STREET BLUES BOOGIEWOOGIE ON ST LOUIS
116
HOOKING COW BLUES
123
BLIND MAN BLUES W C Handy
172
GOIN DOWN THAT LONG LONG W C Handy
179
AUNT HAGARS CHILDREN JOHN HENRY BLUES
186
THE BASEMENT BLUES Sing em Low W C Handy
196
BLUES BEGAN BOODLEAM Excerpt
205
A SELECTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY
217

JUBA JOE TURNER BLUES
104
Copyright

About the author (1990)

Miguel Covarrubias (1904-1957) was born in Mexico City and was an author, painter, caricaturist, and professor of art history at the National School of Anthropology in Mexico City.

William Ferris is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ferris coedited the "Encyclopedia of Southern Culture" and is the author of "Blues from the Delta". In 1991, "Rolling Stone" magazine named him among the top ten professors in the United States.

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