img Leseprobe Leseprobe

Beyond the Crossroads

The Devil and the Blues Tradition

Adam Gussow

ca. 21,99
Amazon iTunes Hugendubel Bü kobo Mayersche Osiander Google Books Barnes&Noble
* Affiliatelinks/Werbelinks
Hinweis: Affiliatelinks/Werbelinks
Links auf sind sogenannte Affiliate-Links. Wenn du auf so einen Affiliate-Link klickst und über diesen Link einkaufst, bekommt von dem betreffenden Online-Shop oder Anbieter eine Provision. Für dich verändert sich der Preis nicht.

The University of North Carolina Press img Link Publisher

Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Musik


The devil is the most charismatic and important figure in the blues tradition. He's not just the music's namesake ("the devil's music"), but a shadowy presence who haunts an imagined Mississippi crossroads where, it is claimed, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson traded away his soul in exchange for extraordinary prowess on the guitar. Yet, as scholar and musician Adam Gussow argues, there is much more to the story of the devil and the blues than these cliched understandings.

In this groundbreaking study, Gussow takes the full measure of the devil's presence. Working from original transcriptions of more than 125 recordings released during the past ninety years, Gussow explores the varied uses to which black southern blues people have put this trouble-sowing, love-wrecking, but also empowering figure. The book culminates with a bold reinterpretation of Johnson's music and a provocative investigation of the way in which the citizens of Clarksdale, Mississippi, managed to rebrand a commercial hub as "the crossroads" in 1999, claiming Johnson and the devil as their own.

Weitere Titel von diesem Autor
Weitere Titel zum gleichen Preis



selling your soul to the devil, crossroads, Crossroads film, Delta Blues Museum, Peetie Wheatstraw, Delta blues, Johnny Shines, Robert Johnson, blues tourism, Bessie Smith, black religion and the blues, sold it to the devil, African American religion, Me and the Devil Blues, white devil, Mississippi, the devil's son in law, devil, I'd Rather Be the Devil, devil woman, Cross Road Blues, black religion, black church, deal with the devil, sold his soul to the devil, Lonnie Johnson, Clarksdale, Mississippi, hell, John Lee Hooker, Honeyboy Edwards, blues music in Mississippi, Hellhound on my Trail, devil's music blues, devil's music