Blues Fell this Morning: Meaning in the Blues

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 - Music - 348 pages
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Blues Fell this Morning has become the classic account of the blues, one of the most evocative strands of American popular culture. Richard Wright's foreword pays tribute to Paul Oliver's deep understanding of "those starkly brutal haunting folk songs created by millions of nameless and illiterate American Negroes in their confused wanderings over the American southland and in their intrusion into the northern American industrial cities." Here, as never before, material from recordings and recollections of singers, going back to the 1920s, are woven into an interpretative account of meaning in the blues. First published in 1960, at the dawn of the political stirrings that would lead to Civil Rights legislation, the book now speaks to a new generation of readers about this unique African-American cultural tradition.

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User Review  - Jamie Howison - Goodreads

For anyone interested in exploring blues scholarship, this is a "must read." Originally published in 1960, "Blues Fell This Morning" is one of the first sustained studies of the blues tradition, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Curt Bozif - Goodreads

For many reasons, not the least of which being Oliver's rather bland writing style, this is my least favorite book about blues music. Oliver was an English man who, before writing this book in the ... Read full review

About the author (1994)

Paul Oliver is Principal Lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Development at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

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