Memphis Music: Before the Blues

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Memphis means music. That relationship was solidified in 1909 when W. C. Handy wrote the song "Mr. Crump" and later published it as the "Memphis Blues." As Handy's songs were sung and played in streets and music halls, a spotlight began to shine on a new mecca for innovation in music—Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis Music: Before the Blues surveys the people, music, and events that contributed to the rich musical life that emerged against the backdrop of the Civil War and yellow fever in the 19th century. The story is not just one of the building blocks to what has been called America's greatest export—popular music—but rather it is a story of ongoing innovation and creativity that came from a convergence of people of different cultures.
ISBN: 9780738544113
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Tennessee
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Tim Sharp holds the Elizabeth G. Daughdrill Chair in the Fine Arts at Rhodes College in Memphis, where he administrates the Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts and is associate dean for fine arts. Dr. Sharp conducts the Rhodes Singers and MasterSingers Chorale and teaches conducting and African American music. He is a life fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, where he continues his ongoing research on the life and music of German Moravians. The images for Memphis Music: Before the Blues come from private family collections as well as private and public libraries and archives.
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