DIRTY BIRD BLUES.

Major, Clarence.

ISBN 10: 1562790838 / ISBN 13: 9781562790837
Published by San Francisco: Mercury House, 1996. dj, 1996
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The story of Manfred Banks, a Chicago blues musician and blue-collar worker who drifts from Chicago to Omaha in the early 1950s. Warmly INSCRIBED and SIGNED on the title page "in friendship" and dated in the year of publication. 279 pp. Very near fine in a like dustjacket. Bookseller Inventory # 64101

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Title: DIRTY BIRD BLUES.

Publisher: San Francisco: Mercury House, 1996. dj

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The acclaimed author of Such Was the Season and Juba to Jive: A Dictionary of African American Slang tells the story of Manfred Banks, a Chicago blues musician and blue-collar worker who drifts from Chicago to Omaha in the 1950s, struggling with domestic responsibilities and a racist America that assaults him at every turn.

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Clarence Major is an avant-garde novelist, short-story writer, and poet known for his bold experiments with language and style. What many don't know, however, is that Major can be a fine storyteller, capable of bringing his formidable talents to more conventional narrative forms as in this novel. This is the story of Manfred Banks, a blues musician in the early 1950s. We follow Man, as he's nicknamed, as he tries to woo his estranged wife, Cleo, as he struggles to make a living playing his music in Chicago, and then leaves for Omaha, where he finds work in a steel mill, and a weekend gig playing in a bar. When Cleo rejoins him things look as if they are finally coming together, but this is the kind of man for whom the blues line "if it wasn't for no luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all" was written. Major has written a fine, compelling novel, with language and characters as rich as the blues songs that are its inspiration.

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