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Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, "Coon Songs," and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz (American Made Music Series)

Abbott, Lynn; Seroff, Doug

Editore: University Press of Mississippi, 2012
ISBN 10: 1617036455 / ISBN 13: 9781617036453
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Titolo: Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, "...

Casa editrice: University Press of Mississippi

Data di pubblicazione: 2012

Legatura: Soft cover

Condizione libro: Used


This Book is in Good Condition. Clean Copy With Light Amount of Wear. 100% Guaranteed. Summary: The explosion in popularity of ragtime music in the early 20th century opened up previously unthought-of opportunities for black performers. This text traces the popularity of so-called 'coon songs' during the early years of rag, to their eventual transformation into the original blues music listened to around the world. Codice inventario libreria ABE_book_usedgood_1617036455

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The commercial explosion of ragtime in the early twentieth century created previously unimagined opportunities for black performers. However, every prospect was mitigated by systemic racism. The biggest hits of the ragtime era weren't Scott Joplin's stately piano rags. "Coon songs," with their ugly name, defined ragtime for the masses, and played a transitional role in the commercial ascendancy of blues and jazz.

In Ragged but Right, now in paperback, Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff investigate black musical comedy productions, sideshow bands, and itinerant tented minstrel shows. Ragtime history is crowned by the "big shows," the stunning musical comedy successes of Williams and Walker, Bob Cole, and Ernest Hogan. Under the big tent of Tolliver's Smart Set, Ma Rainey, Clara Smith, and others were converted from "coon shouters" to "blues singers."

Throughout the ragtime era and into the era of blues and jazz, circuses and Wild West shows exploited the popular demand for black music and culture, yet segregated and subordinated black performers to the sideshow tent. Not to be confused with their nineteenth-century white predecessors, black, tented minstrel shows such as the Rabbit's Foot and Silas Green from New Orleans provided blues and jazz-heavy vernacular entertainment that black southern audiences identified with and took pride in.

Dall'editore: This groundbreaking study of "coon songs" and ragtime in black musical comedies, circus sideshows, and tented minstrel shows

--- Offers one of the first books to confront the "coon song" phenomenon head-on and trace its importance in the formation of blues and jazz

--- Provides the first sweeping survey of black band and minstrel companies attached to circus sideshows

--- Creates a body of dependable information on black tented minstrel shows

--- Follows the very successful Out of Sight which became a required purchase for anyone interested in the history of American popular music

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