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Preachin the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House

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Beschreibung

Preachin' the Blues is the story of Eddie James ",Son", House Jr., preacher, sharecropper, convicted killer and blues great. Tracing Son's life from his youth in the Mississippi Delta, to his preaching career, and on to his sudden transformation into a bluesman, Beaumont sheds new light on his years of obscurity and his surprising comeback in the 1960s.

Autorentext

Daniel Beaumont teaches courses on Arabic language and literature and the blues at the University of Rochester. He is the author of Slave of Desire: Sex, Love and Death in The 1001 Nights (Associated University Presses 2002). He produced and directed "So Much Truth" a documentary about bluesman Joe Beard. He also worked as chief observer on a rain making project in Libya and he has been on the historic "King Biscuit Time" blues radio show.



Klappentext

In June of 1964, three young, white blues fans set out from New York City in a Volkswagen, heading for the Mississippi Delta in search of a musical legend. So begins Preachin' the Blues, the biography of American blues signer and guitarist Eddie James "Son" House, Jr. (1902 - 1988). House pioneered an innovative style, incorporating strong repetitive rhythms with elements of southern gospel and spiritual vocals. A seminal figure in the history of the Delta blues, he was an important, direct influence on such figures as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. The landscape of Son House's life and the vicissitudes he endured make for an absorbing narrative, threaded through with a tension between House's religious beliefs and his spells of commitment to a lifestyle that implicitly rejected it. Drinking, womanizing, and singing the blues caused this tension that is palpable in his music, and becomes explicit in one of his finest performances, "Preachin' the Blues." Large parts of House's life are obscure, not least because his own accounts of them were inconsistent. Author Daniel Beaumont offers a chronology/topography of House's youth, taking into account evidence that conflicts sharply with the well-worn fable, and he illuminates the obscurity of House's two decades in Rochester, NY between his departure from Mississippi in the 1940s and his "rediscovery" by members of the Folk Revival Movement in 1964. Beaumont gives a detailed and perceptive account of House's primary musical legacy: his recordings for Paramount in 1930 and for the Library of Congress in 1941-42. In the course of his research Beaumont has unearthed not only connections among the many scattered facts and fictions but new information about a rumoured murder in Mississippi, and a charge of manslaughter on Long Island - incidents which bring tragic light upon House's lifelong struggles and self-imposed disappearance, and give trenchant meaning to the moving music of this early blues legend.



Inhalt

Preface Chapter 1: The Second Coming of the Son Chapter 2: "Ramblified" Chapter 3: "The Blues Blowed My Spirit Away" Chapter 4: My Black Mama Chapter 5: Dry Spell Blues Chapter 6: Jinx Blues Chapter 7: Eclipse Chapter 8: "Father of the Folk Blues" Chapter 9: "He Was Who He Was" Chapter 10: The Legacy of Son House Appendix 1: Song Lyrics Appendix 2: Southold, NY, Police Report Acknowledgments Bibliography Index

Produktinformationen

Titel: Preachin the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House
Untertitel: The Life and Times of Son House
Autor:
EAN: 9780199753352
ISBN: 978-0-19-975335-2
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (pdf)
Herausgeber: Oxford University Press
Genre: Musik
Anzahl Seiten: 224
Veröffentlichung: 01.06.2011
Jahr: 2011
Untertitel: Englisch
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