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Vaudeville, African-American

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver is a Fellow of Oxford Brookes University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...African Americans were rarely employed in early vaudeville but they were often depicted there, the minstrel shows having been increasingly absorbed into the new idiom. When black entertainers were admitted on the vaudeville stage...

Minstrelsy

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...Blackface minstrelsy was a form of variety entertainment created in the United States during the 1840s. It featured four to seven performers who blackened their faces with burnt cork and sometimes claimed to be ‘impersonating...

Ballad (North American)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...Emergence From the standpoint of the early twenty-first century, common usage suggests the American popular ballad can be defined as a slow or slow-ish song with romantic lyric content, emotional in manner, intimate in feeling...