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W.C. Handy

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...Through the compositions of W. C. Handy, the blues were transformed from a localized form to a national genre. Born in Florence, Alabama in 1873, Handy began his career as a laborer in a strict religious household. Against the wishes of his...
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...When the Afghan Whigs signed to Sub Pop Records in 1989, it helped establish the growing grunge and alternative rock trends as transnational rather than isolated in the Pacific Northwest. Formed in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1986 by Greg Dulli...

Blues and Rags during World War I

Don Tyler

Don Tyler is a retired music professor from the College of Central Florida in Ocala, FL. He has more than two dozen choral compositions and/or arrangements published by various publishing companies. Tyler is author of Hit Parade 1920–1955: An Encyclopedia of the Top Songs of the Jazz, Depression, Swing, and Sing Eras; Hit Songs, 1900–1955: American Popular Music of the Pre-Rock Era; The Great Movie Musicals: A Viewer's Guide to 168 Films That Really Sing; and Music of the Post-War Era. He has also contributed to Facts Behind the Songs: A Handbook of American Popular Music from the Nineties to the ‘90s and Popular Musicians. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Music of the First World War

ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2016

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...Blues Virtually unknown outside the African American community, the blues originated from the field hollers and work songs of slaves. “Blue notes,” one of the chief characteristics of the blues, are the flatted third, fifth and seventh...

Memphis, TN: Beale Street

David Evans

David Evans was born in Cardiff and educated at Cardiff University. He holds a DPhil in American Literature from the University of Oxford. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Independent on Sunday, FT Weekend and Sight & Sound. This is his first book. 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

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...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...

Muscle Shoals, AL

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

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 65,000 (2000) Located in northwest Alabama on the banks of the Tennessee River, the city of Muscle Shoals is part of a conglomerate of four towns – the others being Florence, Sheffield and Tuscumbia...

Mississippi Delta

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 IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Paradoxically, it would seem, the delta of the Mississippi is not the Mississippi Delta. The southern tip of the northwestern region known as the Delta lies some 200 miles (322 km) south of Memphis, Tennessee and a similar...

Railroad Songs

Paolo Prato

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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 VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Railroad songs constitute a distinct corpus of melodies and texts spanning a number of conventional genre divisions within North American music, including ballads, work songs, blues and country music, where the common denominator...

Blues

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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Chris Smith

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Blues is an African-American musical genre which arose in the southern United States around the beginning of the twentieth century. With ragtime, jazz and gospel music it was part of a rich growth in African-American musical...

Mississippi Valley

David Evans

David Evans was born in Cardiff and educated at Cardiff University. He holds a DPhil in American Literature from the University of Oxford. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Independent on Sunday, FT Weekend and Sight & Sound. This is his first book. 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

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...The valley of the Mississippi River stretches from the Gulf of Mexico northward to the river’s source in Minnesota and includes portions of ten states. Most of the valley is bordered by fertile farmland, including a broad floodplain...