Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 12, 1990 - Music - 348 pages
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This is a new, thoroughly revised edition of Paul Oliver's classic study of the blues. First published in 1960, this remarkable book has not been superseded and its reappearance will be welcomed by all who wish to understand the complexity of meaning in the blues and the experiences which they expressed. The book examines the functions of the blues as black American folk music recorded during the 78 rpm era, from the 1920s to the 1950s. The lyrics are quoted extensively throughout the book, revealing their significance as a means of communication within black society. The author shows how the themes of labour and unemployment, migration and the Depression years, love, sex, and marriage, crime, violence and imprisonment, disasters, sickness, war and death are expressed in black idioms and he discusses their meaning on many levels.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Got to work or leave
12
Railroad for my pillow
43
Pains in my heart
69
Im a rooster baby
95
The jinx is on me
117
Let the deal go down
138
Evil and mean and funny
165
World black as midnight
215
Going down slow
243
Blues like showers of rain
265
Bibliographical references
290
Discography of quoted blues
304
Acknowledgments to Discography
335
Index of quoted blues singers
336
General Index
340

Coin to take a rap
188

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