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Dear John, Dear ColtranePoems by Michael S. HarperUniversity of Illinois Press
Dear John, Dear Coltrane was Michael S. Harper's first book of poems and a nominee for the National Book Award.Of it the Virginia Quarterly Review observed:...
Long Lost BluesPopular Blues in America, 1850-1920 University of Illinois Press
Mamie Smith's 1920 recording of 'Crazy Blues' is commonly thought to signify the beginning of commercial attention to blues music and culture, but by that...
Black And MormonA Selection Of EssaysUniversity Of Illinois Press
The year 2003 marked the twenty-fifth anniversary of the lifting of the ban excluding black members from the priesthood of the Mormon church. The articles...
Body And SoulJazz And Blues In American Film 1927-63University Of Illinois Press
This title features how the "dark continent" of blues and jazz provided Hollywood with a resonant resource to construct and negotiate the boundaries...
Lonesome Cowgirls and Honky-Tonk AngelsThe Women Of Barn Dance RadioUniversity Of Illinois Press
Popular between the two world wars, American barn dance radio evoked comforting images of a nostalgic and stable past for listeners beset by economic...
Pickin On PeachtreeA History Of Country Music in AtlantaUniversity Of Illinois Press
But for a few twists of fate, Atlanta could easily have grown to be the recording centre that Nashville is today. "Pickin' on Peachtree" traces Atlanta's...
Dancing WisdomEmbodied Knowledge In Haitian Vodou, Cuban Yoruba and Bahian CandombleUniversity Of Illinois Press
Haiti, Cuba and Bahia in Brazil each mantain African-derived religious systems, albeit in the new world, that rely heavily on dance behaviour. Combining...