Barrelhouse Words: A Blues Dialect Dictionary (Hardback)Stephen Calt (author)
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This fascinating compendium explains the most unusual, obscure, and curious words and expressions from vintage blues music. Utilizing both documentary evidence and invaluable interviews with a number of now-deceased musicians from the 1920s and '30s, blues scholar Stephen Calt unravels the nuances of more than twelve hundred idioms and proper or place names found on oft-overlooked \u0022race records\u0022 recorded between 1923 and 1949. From \u0022aggravatin' papa\u0022 to \u0022yas-yas-yas\u0022 and everything in between, this truly unique, racy, and compelling resource decodes a neglected speech for general readers and researchers alike, offering invaluable information about black language and American slang.
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
"An impeccably scholarly, irresistibly readable guide to the language heard on the recordings of the great blues singers who were active in the first half of the 20th century."--Wall Street Journal
"A very useful and mamlishly good book."--Juke Blues
"A fascinating and entertaining read."--All About Jazz
"A treat for anyone who loves language, and who sees it as a living, breathing entity."--PopMatters
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