Ramblin' on My Mind

Ramblin' on My Mind : New Perspectives on the Blues

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This compilation of essays takes the study of the blues to a welcome new level. Distinguished scholars and well-established writers from such diverse backgrounds as musicology, anthropology, musicianship, and folklore join together to examine blues as literature, music, personal expression, and cultural product. Ramblin' on My Mind contains pieces on Ella Fitzgerald, Son House, and Robert Johnson; on the styles of vaudeville, solo guitar, and zydeco; on a comparison of blues and African music; on blues nicknames; and on lyric themes of disillusionment. Contributors are Lynn Abbott, James Bennighof, Katharine Cartwright, Andrew M. Cohen, David Evans, Bob Groom, Elliott Hurwitt, Gerhard Kubik, John Minton, Luigi Monge, and Doug Seroff.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 440 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 34mm | 662.24g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 12 photographs; 15 line drawings
  • 0252074483
  • 9780252074486
  • 972,140

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"Like a program album wherein melodies and chords are carried from song to song, the authors in this collection pass themes from one essay to the next."--Journal of Southern History "[An] illuminating volume. . . . Recommended to all blues fans."--Sing Out "Evans offers a fresh look at blues scholarship, from its musical roots to interpretations of meaning in post-WW II compositions. . . . The book will appeal to casual blues enthusiasts as much as to serious scholars. . . . Highly recommended."--Choiceshow more

About David Evans

David Evans is a professor in the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis and the author of Tommy Johnson, Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues, and The NPR Curious Listener's Guide to Blues. A seasoned performer and producer, Evans is also a Grammy Award winner.show more

Table of contents

Contributors are Lynn Abbott, James Bennighof, Katharine Cartwright, Andrew M. Cohen, David Evans, Bob Groom, Elliott Hurwitt, Gerhard Kubik, John Minton, Luigi Monge, and Doug Seroffshow more

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