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Ragged But Right: Black Traveling Shows, "Coon Songs," and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz (American Made Music)

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The commercial explosion of ragtime in the early twentieth century created previously unimagined opportunities for black performers. However, every prospect was mitigated by systemic racism. The biggest hits of the ragtime era weren't Scott Joplin's stately piano rags. "Coon songs," with their ugly name, defined ragtime for the masses, and played a transitional role in the commercial ascendancy of blues and jazz.In Ragged but Right, now in paperback, Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff investigate black musical comedy productions, sideshow bands, and itinerant tented minstrel shows. Ragtime history is crowned by the "big shows," the stunning musical comedy successes of Williams and Walker, Bob Cole, and Ernest Hogan. Under the big tent of Tolliver's Smart Set, Ma Rainey, Clara Smith, and others were converted from "coon shouters" to "blues singers."Throughout the ragtime era and into the era of blues and jazz, circuses and Wild West shows exploited the popular demand for black music and culture, yet segregated and subordinated black performers to the sideshow tent. Not to be confused with their nineteenth-century white predecessors, black, tented minstrel shows such as the Rabbit's Foot and Silas Green from New Orleans provided blues and jazz-heavy vernacular entertainment that black southern audiences identified with and took pride in.

Synopsis:

The groundbreaking study of "coon songs" and ragtime in black musical comedies, circus sideshows, and tented minstrel shows

About the Author

Lynn Abbott works for the Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University. He co-wrote (with Doug Seroff) the award-winning book Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895 and the forthcoming To Do This, You Must Know How: Music Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition, both published by the University Press of Mississippi. Doug Seroff is an independent scholar living in Greenbrier, Tennessee. He co-wrote (with Lynn Abbott) the award-winning book Out of Sight: The Rise of African American Popular Music, 1889-1895 and the forthcoming To Do This, You Must Know How: Music Pedagogy in the Black Gospel Quartet Tradition, both published by the University Press of Mississippi.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781617036453
Author:
Abbott, Lynn
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Author:
Seroff, Doug
Subject:
History & Criticism *
Subject:
Music
Subject:
History
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Music - Jazz
Subject:
African Americ
Subject:
an Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
American Made Music Series
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

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Health and Self-Help » Self-Help » General
History and Social Science » African American Studies » General
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