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Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967 (American Made Music)


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These photographs document George Mitchell's trip to Mississippi, where he searched for then

unrecorded blues musicians including R. L. Burnside, Jessie Mae Hemphill, and Othar Turner. This

journey yielded recordings of music now on cherished and touted albums and CDs. From Mitchell's

fieldwork many others discovered the region and its distinctive style of blues. Some of the musicians

Mitchell recorded had their lives transformed following his visit.The historic photographs in George Mitchell's Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967 capture a

vibrant blues tradition at the moment of its discovery. Intimate, without posturing or pandering, these

photographs provide a raw, authentic look at African American blues musicians, their families, and

their stomping grounds in the Mississippi Hill Country at a time when blues music remained a lively,

though waning, part of their community and blues musicians were viewed with respect and pride.

Blues musicians brought pleasure and release to people wrestling with severe poverty and pervasive

discrismination.Mitchell's ability to connect with his subjects is evident in his arresting images. The musicians--

and their families and friends--welcomed him in their homes and at rent parties and fife and drum

picnics. They posed for portraits. They let him hang around with his camera while they cooked supper

or danced up a storm. The book includes Mitchell's interviews, conducted at the time he took the photos, with four of the

musicians, who talk about their music, their lives, and the times in which they live. Running throughout

is the author's recounting of his experience of the seminal musicological odyssey.


The photographic record of unprecedented musical discovery and the geniuses of Mississippi's Hill Country blues

About the Author

George Mitchell, Fort Myers, Florida, conducted field research and recorded blues musicians from the 1960s into the 1980s in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee. He also produced blues concerts, festivals, and television programs. He has published seven books of photographs and edited interviews.

Product Details

Mitchell, George
University Press of Mississippi
Music-Blues and Rhythm and Blues
Hill Country
U.S. South
African American Studies
American Made Music Series
Publication Date:
96, 96 bandw photographs
10 x 8 in

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