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Elmore James

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...As an electric guitar and blues innovator, Elmore James’s influence transcended his genre and generation. Born Elmore Brooks into a field hand family in Holmes County, Mississippi in 1918, James began making music at age twelve by playing...
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...The electric guitar and pounding foot of John Lee Hooker helped to establish blues in the post-World War II American musical culture. Born in Mississippi in either 1912 or 1917, Hooker was homeschooled by his mother...

Blues and Jazz

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Scholarly Books

...Introduction In the twenty-first century, the fusion or mixing of styles across all aspects of our culture has become a familiar experience. In music, globalization has caused many different musical forms, styles of performance, cultural...

Researching the South

David Horn

David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...The South has two principal centers specializing in the study of the southern culture as a whole, including music. The University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture was established in 1977 as a focal point...

Lead Belly

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...Despite a short professional career, the lessons learned from the mythology around—and performances of—Huddie Ledbetter, known as Lead Belly, have provided a rich insight into the early development of commercial American folk music....

Al Jolson

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...Al Jolson (Asa Yoelson) claimed to have been born in 1886 to a Russian-Jewish family in what is now Lithuania. In 1891 his father moved to New York City to secure employment and housing for his family, which followed him to Washington, D.C....

Memphis, TN: Beale Street

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Beale Street is a thoroughfare in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. By the beginning of the twentieth century it had become the city’s center for black business, culture and entertainment. The main entertainment district was between Second...
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...From the 1920s until the 1980s, the country blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins remained relatively unchanged amid a dynamic landscape that used his genre’s music as creative inspiration. Born in Texas in 1912, Hopkins met Blind Lemon Jefferson...