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Author Abbott, Lynn, 1946-

Title Ragged but right : black traveling shows, "coon songs," and the dark pathway to blues and jazz / Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff
Edition First edition
Published Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2007
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 461 pages) : illustrations
Series American made music series
American made music series.
Contents Coon songs, big shows, and black stage stars of the Ragtime era -- The spirit of the smart set -- Blues for the sideshow tent -- "Under canvas" : African American tented minstrelsy and the untold story of Allen's New Orleans Minstrels, the Rabbit's Foot Company, the Florida Blossoms, and Silas Green from New Orleans
Summary 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. Though the name itself is offensive to modern ears, it is impossible to investigate black popular entertainment of the ragtime era without directly confronting the "coon songs" which cleared the way for the "original blues.". In Rag
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-426) and indexes
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Subject African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism.
Minstrel shows -- United States -- History.
Sideshows -- United States -- History.
Tent shows -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Seroff, Doug.
ISBN 1604731486 (electronic bk.)
1621036537 (electronic bk.)
9781604731484 (electronic bk.)
9781621036531 (electronic bk.)