Barrelhouse Blues – Location Recording and the Early Tradition of the Blues

 

Barrelhouse Blues - Location Recording and the Early Tradition of the Blues

Barrelhouse Blues – Location Recording and the Early Tradition of the Blues

Paul Oliver

Blues historian Paul Oliver uncovers the folk traditions of blues music and the circumstances under which the records were recorded, using primitive recording equipment in makeshift studios in places like Dallas, Atlanta and New Orleans, where street singers, medicine show performers, and pianists from the juke joints and barrehouses were brought in to preserve the ‘new’ music.

This “fruit of fantastic scholarship” reveals the truth that without the quick intervention of record companies during the 1920s in the American South, ‘the earliest iterations of the blues would be lost to us.’ The careful examination of the earlier recordings of the blues expands our definition of this ‘most American’ style of music.

Hardback, pp228, including many half-tone illustrations within the text.

In Fine condition, with Fine dustjacket.

Basic Civitas Books, 2009. First edition.

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