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The Truman and Eisenhower Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs, 1945-1960by Guido Van Rijn
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Twenty-six of the songs discussed in the text are available on a CD produced by Agram Blues (ABCD 2018) to accompany this book. Digitally remastered and featuring full liner notes by the author, the CD is a unique historical document of the Truman and Eisenhower presidencies.
For full details and order information, please contact Guido van Rijn at Prins Mauritslaan 95, 2051 KC Overveen, Netherlands. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guido van Rijn presents a fascinating and exhaustive account of the gospel and blues music of the immediate postwar period, shedding much light on the civil rights situation of the time and the experience of segregation as well as events such as the Atom Bomb, the Cold War, Korea and of course the Republican victory in 1956. He concentrates on songs that comment on contemporary political events and issues during a crucial time in the shaping of black consciousness in America. In doing so he uncovers a hidden black history of the eve of the emergence of the civil rights movement — a deep insight into the lives and opinions of people who had few other outlets of expression .
The Truman and Eisenhower Blues is a fascinating and exhaustive account of the gospel and blues music of the post-war period (1945-1960). Guido van Rijn studies over 300 songs, many of them rare recordings, from artists including Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker and B. B. King, and usefully transcribes 123 of them in their entirety. Tapping sources which have previously been neglected by historians, musicologists and sociologists, he provides an illuminating examination of the themes at the heart of this Cold War music: the reconversion, the atomic bomb, the Korean War, civil rights, Presidential elections, the economy and the space race. This is a companion volume to the author's award-winning book Roosevelt's Blues (1997). >
Presents an account of the Gospel and blues music of the post-war period (1945-1960). The author studies over 300 songs, many of them rare recordings, from artists including Fats Domino, John Lee Hooker and B B King, and usefully transcribes 123 of them in their entirety.
About the Author
Guido van Rijn teaches English at Kennemer Lyceum in Overveen, the Netherlands. He is a widely published writer and music journalist, has run his own record label, Angram Blues, and is co-founder of the Netherlands Blues and Boogie Organisation.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Professor David Evans (University of Memphis) Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction 1. Those Reconversion Blues 2. Atom and Evil 3. The Freedom Choo Choo 4. Say a Prayer for the Boys in Korea 5. Things Are So Slow 6. The Alabama Bus Conclusion Notes Bibliography and Further Reading Song Index Artist Index General Index
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