In this Book

Stomping the Blues
summary

In this classic work of American music writing, renowned critic Albert Murray argues beautifully and authoritatively that “the blues as such are synonymous with low spirits. Not only is its express purpose to make people feel good, which is to say in high spirits, but in the process of doing so it is actually expected to generate a disposition that is both elegantly playful and heroic in its nonchalance.” 

In Stomping the Blues Murray explores its history, influences, development, and meaning as only he can. More than two hundred vintage photographs capture the ambiance Murray evokes in lyrical prose. Only the sounds are missing from this lyrical, sensual tribute to the blues.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. restricted access Download |
  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-iv
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Introduction
  2. Paul Devlin
  3. pp. vii-xx
  4. restricted access Download |
  1. 1. The Blues as Such
  2. pp. 1-6
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 2. The Blues Face to Face
  2. pp. 7-20
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 3. The Blue Devils and the Holy Ghost
  2. pp. 21-42
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 4. The Blues as Music
  2. pp. 43-54
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 5. Blues Music as Such
  2. pp. 55-76
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 6. Singing the Blues
  2. pp. 77-90
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 7. Playing the Blues
  2. pp. 91-128
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 8. Swinging the Blues
  2. pp. 129-148
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 9. Kansas City Four/Four and the Velocity of Celebration
  2. pp. 149-178
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 10. The Blues as Dance Music
  2. pp. 179-200
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 11. Folk Art and Fine Art
  2. pp. 201-224
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. 12. The Blues as Statement
  2. pp. 225-254
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 255-258
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. Index
  2. pp. 259-264
  3. restricted access Download |
  1. About the Authors
  2. p. 265
  3. restricted access Download |
Back To Top

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless.