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Long Lost Blues : Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920

Muir, Peter C.

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ISBN 10: 0252076761 / ISBN 13: 9780252076763
Published by University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 2010
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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Book is as new and unread. There is a hint of packing wear. This work focuses on the history of blues in sheet music prior to Mamie Smith's recording of Crazy Blues. The study reveals the earliest manifestations of the blues genre. This softcover edition was issued at the same time as the hardcover. First Edition, Thus. First Printing. Komara and Johnson 11. ; Music in American Life; B&W Illustrations; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 254 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 14577

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Title: Long Lost Blues : Popular Blues in America, ...

Publisher: University of Illinois Press, Urbana

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition Thus; First Printing.

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Mamie Smith's 1920 recording of "Crazy Blues" is commonly thought to signify the beginning of commercial attention to blues music and culture, but by that year more than 450 other blues titles had already appeared in sheet music and on recordings. In this examination of early popular blues, Peter C. Muir traces the genre's early history and the highly creative interplay between folk and popular forms, focusing especially on the roles W. C. Handy played in both blues music and the music business.

Long Lost Blues exposes for the first time the full scope and importance of early popular blues to mainstream American culture in the early twentieth century. Closely analyzing sheet music and other print sources that have previously gone unexamined, Muir revises our understanding of the evolution and sociology of blues at its inception.

An internationally recognized pianist, composer, scholar, and conductor, Peter C. Muir is the cofounder and codirector of the Institute for Music and Health in Verbank, New York.

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An internationally recognized pianist, composer, scholar, and conductor, Peter C. Muir is the cofounder and codirector of the Institute for Music and Health in Verbank, New York.

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