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Father of the Blues: An Autobiography (Da Capo Paperback)

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W. C. Handy's blues—“Memphis Blues," "Beale Street Blues," "St. Louis Blues"—changed America's music forever. In Father of the Blues, Handy presents his own story: a vivid picture of American life now vanished. W. C. Handy (1873–1958) was a sensitive child who loved nature and music; but not until he had won a reputation did his father, a preacher of stern Calvinist faith, forgive him for following the "devilish" calling of black music and theater. Here Handy tells of this and other struggles: the lot of a black musician with entertainment groups in the turn-of-the-century South; his days in minstrel shows, and then in his own band; how he made his first $100 from "Memphis Blues"; how his orchestra came to grief with the First World War; his successful career in New York as publisher and song writer; his association with the literati of the Harlem Renaissance.Handy's remarkable tale—pervaded with his unique personality and humor—reveals not only the career of the man who brought the blues to the world's attention, but the whole scope of American music, from the days of the old popular songs of the South, through ragtime to the great era of jazz.

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"W. C. Handy's blues—“Memphis Blues,"" ""Beale Street Blues,"" ""St. Louis Blues""—changed America's music forever. In Father of the Blues, Handy presents his own story: a vivid picture of American life now"

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"Compositions, arrangements, and books by W.C. Handy": p. 305-308.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780306804212
Editor:
Bontemps, Arna Wendell
Foreword:
Niles, Abbe
Foreword by:
Niles, Abbe
Foreword:
Niles, Abbe
Author:
Handy, W. C.
Author:
Bontemps, Arna Wendell
Publisher:
Da Capo
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Rhythm & Blues
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Country & Folk
Subject:
Composers
Subject:
Handy, william c., 1873-1958
Subject:
Handy, w. c. (william christopher), 1873-1958
Subject:
Composers -- United States -- Biography.
Subject:
R&B
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Soul & R&B
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Composers -- United States.
Subject:
Handy, W. C
Subject:
Music-Soul and Motown
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Da Capo Paperback
Series Volume:
102
Publication Date:
19910431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
340
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in 10.4 oz

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