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

ISBN
9781452956145
Related ISBN
9781517903923
MARC Record
OCLC
1017674540
Pages
272
Launched on MUSE
2018-01-03
Language
English
Open Access
No
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