Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis

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University of North Carolina Press, 1977 - Music - 318 pages
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Hailed as a classic in music studies when it was first published in 1977, Early Downhome Blues is a detailed look at traditional country blues artists and their work. A compact disk including nineteen outstanding examples of early blues music is included with this new edition. Combining musical analysis and cultural history, Titon examines the origins of downhome blues in the African American tradition. He also explores what happened to the art form when the blues were commercially recorded and became part of the larger American culture. From forty-eight musical transcriptions, Titon derives a grammar of early downhome blues melody. His book is enriched with the recollections of blues performers, audience members, and those working in the recording industry. In a new afterword, Titon reflects on the genesis of this book in the blues revival of the 1960s and the politics of tourism in the current revival under way.

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Contents

The Singers Perspective
31
Pony Blues
63
Banty Rooster Blues
65
Dead Drunk Blues
66
Stranger Blues
67
Jacksonville Blues
68
Dupree Blues
70
Original Blues
71
That Will Be Alright
107
Sunshine Special
109
Got the Blues
111
Long Lonesome Blues
113
44 Blues
114
My Black Mama part 1116
116
Dry Spell Blues part 1119
119
Minglewood Blues
120

Early Morning Blues
72
One Time Blues
74
Got the Blues Cant Be Satisfied
76
Number Three Blues
79
Lonesome Blues take 1
81
Lonesome Blues take 2
83
How Long How Long Blues
85
Prison Bound Blues
88
Bumble Bee
89
M and O Blues
91
Lonesome Home Blues
92
The Jail House Blues
93
Maggie Campbell Blues
95
Whiskey Moan Blues
96
Mean Conductor Blues
97
Lost Wandering Blues
99
Mama Taint Long fo Day
101
Barbecue Blues
102
Poor Mans Blues
104
Me and My Gin
106
Roll and Tumble Blues
121
Fo Day Blues
122
It Wont Be Long
124
Writin Paper Blues
126
Im So Glad Im Twentyone Years Old Today
127
Biddle Street Blues
128
Mistreatin Mamma
129
Bootlegging Blues
132
K C Moan
133
James Alley Blues
134
Yellow Girl Blues
135
Toward a SongProducing System
137
Formulaic Structure and Meaning in Early Downhome
175
Recording the Blues
193
The Cultural Significance of Race Record Advertisements
218
APPENDIX
287
Bibliography
305
Index
313
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About the author (1977)

Jeff Todd Titon is professor of music at Brown University and author of Downhome Blues Lyrics, Powerhouse for God, and Give Me This Mountain.

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