9780306804212

Father of the Blues

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  • ISBN13:

    9780306804212

  • ISBN10:

    0306804212

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1991-03-21
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr

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Summary

W. C. Handy's blues"Memphis Blues," "Beale Street Blues," "St. Louis Blues"changed America's music forever. InFather of the Blues,Handy presents his own story: a vivid picture of American life now vanished. W. C. Handy (18731958) was a sensitive child who loved nature and music; but not until he had won a reputation did his father, a preacher of stern Calvinist faith, forgive him for following the "devilish" calling of black music and theater. Here Handy tells of this and other struggles: the lot of a black musician with entertainment groups in the turn-of-the-century South; his days in minstrel shows, and then in his own band; how he made his first $100 from "Memphis Blues"; how his orchestra came to grief with the First World War; his successful career in New York as publisher and song writer; his association with the literati of the Harlem Renaissance.Handy's remarkable talepervaded with his unique personality and humorreveals not only the career of the man who brought the blues to the world's attention, but the whole scope of American music, from the days of the old popular songs of the South, through ragtime to the great era of jazz.

Table of Contents

Foreword v
Handy's Hill
1(10)
Songbirds and School Days
11(8)
Wilberforce, Wallace and Wanderlust
19(11)
Mahara's Minstrel Men
30(25)
Work Is the Measure of Worth
55(16)
Mississippi Mud
71(18)
``Pee Wee's,'' Pimps and Politics
89(17)
Memphis Blues---A Bungled Bargain
106(16)
St. Louis Blues and Solvent Bank
122(15)
Blue Diamonds in the Rough Polished and Mounted
137(20)
Mother
157(12)
From Beale Street to Broadway
169(9)
``Trouble, Trouble, I've Had It All My Days!''
178(8)
Pace & Handy---Setting a Pace
186(18)
All In---Down and Out
204(12)
The Blues Get Glorified
216(17)
No Fool No Fun
233(9)
Down Memory Lane
242(10)
``'Way Down South Where the Blues Began''
252(9)
ASCAP
261(12)
Treasure Island
273(18)
Black and White
291(8)
World of Tomorrow---God Bless America
299(6)
Compositions, Arrangements and Books 305(4)
Index of Names 309

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