By Neil A. Wynn
This precise choice of essays examines the circulation of African American track and musicians around the Atlantic to Europe from the time of slavery to the 20th century. In a sweeping exam of alternative musical forms--spirituals, blues, jazz, skiffle, and orchestral music--the individuals examine the reception and impact of black song on a couple of diversified eu audiences, quite in Britain, but in addition France, Germany, and the Netherlands. The essayists method the topic via diversified historic, musicological, and philosophical views. a few essays record little-known performances and recordings of African American musicians in Europe. a number of items, together with one by way of Paul Oliver, specialize in the charm of the blues to British listeners. whilst, those issues frequently exhibit the ambiguous nature of eu responses to black track and in so doing upload to our wisdom of transatlantic race kin. Contributions from Christopher G. Bakriges, Sean Creighton, Jeffrey eco-friendly, Leighton Grist, Bob Groom, Rainer E. Lotz, Paul Oliver, Catherine Parsonage, Iris Schmeisser, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Robert Springer, Rupert until eventually, Guido van Rijn, David Webster, Jen Wilson, and Neil A. Wynn Neil A. Wynn is professor of twentieth-century American historical past on the collage of Gloucestershire. he's the writer of historic Dictionary from nice warfare to nice melancholy, From Progressivism to Prosperity: American Society and the 1st global struggle, and The Afro-American and the second one international battle.
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Admittedly, most of the shops were in London. Among the most well-known was Doug Dobell’s at 77 Charing Cross Road. Like Colin Pomeroy, James Asman, and other shop proprietors, he let collectors thumb through the fragile records, many of them considerable rarities, until they found what they wanted to purchase. The records were placed in orange boxes, which were literally that: wooden boxes in which oranges, each separately wrapped in decorative paper (which became collector’s items also), were shipped from Spain to Britain.
Chicago, May 7, 1936. 06301-1. “Honky Tonk Train Blues,” Vic 25541, HMV B8579. Miles, Lizzie, vo, acc Clarence Johnson, pno. New York, May 23, 1923. 28025-3. “You’re Always Messin’ Round with My Man,” Vic 19083, HMV B1703. Nelson, Red, vo, acc Cripple Clarence Lofton. Chicago, Feb. 4, 1936. 90598-B. “Streamline Train,” Dec 7171, Brun 03508. Nix, Reverend, vo, sermon, acc Congregation. Chicago, Apr. 23, 1927. C-810/11/12. “Black Diamond Express to Hell,” Voc 1098, Dec F3850. Oakley, Ollie, bjo, Landon Ronald pno.
On this she was accompanied by the exceptional New Orleans soprano sax and clarinet-player, Sidney Bechet. ” Also issued at this time was his duet with the Texas singer Victoria Spivey, “Toothache Blues,” with its amusing and suggestive exchange of lines. By the outbreak of War in 1939, many items had ceased to appear in the catalogs and were no longer available, but if one was persistent and lucky, single items could be found in junk-shops and street market stalls. Junk-shops scarcely exist now, or have been elevated to the status of “antique shops,” but in their crowded mélange of discarded objects and artifacts they generally had a few piles of 78s.
Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe by Neil A. Wynn