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The first comprehensive examination of the early blues industry and the music it produced
Acknowledgments vi; A Word About the Music Examples ix; Introduction 1; 1. The Popular Blues Industry 1912-1920 10; The Birth of Popular Blues 10; The Nature and Scope of the Early Popular Blues Industry 15;The Development of the Popular Blues Industry 21; Blues Performances in the Mainstream 27; 2. The Identity and Idiom of Early Popular Blues 41; The Main Influences: Folk Blues and Tin Pan Alley 41; An Overview of Popular Blues Songs 44; The Five Categories of Popular Blues Songs 53; An Overview of Instrumental Blues 63; Some Distinctive Components of the Popular Blues Idiom 80; 3. Curing the Blues with the Blues 102; Introduction 102; Origins and Definitions of the Term "Blues" 103; Musical Alleviation of the Blues 107; Homeopathic and Allopathic Blues 113; 4. The Blues of W. C. Handy 141; Introduction 141; Blues from the Memphis Period (1909-1917) 142; Blues After the Move to New York (1917-1953) 177; Conclusion 185; 5. The Creativity of Early Southern Published Blues 196; Introduction 196; Southern Published Blues of 1912-1914 197; Euday L. Bowman 209; George W. Thomas 212; Perry Bradford 217; Southern Published Blues of 1915-1920 223; 6. Published Proto-Blues and the Evolution of the Twelve-Bar Sequence 234; Introduction 234; Development of the Blues Song 235; The Evolution of the Twelve-Bar Blues Sequence 242; Conclusion 269; Appendix: Titular Blues 1912-1915 279; Major Works Consulted 291
An internationally recognized pianist, composer, scholar, and conductor, Peter C. Muir is the cofounder and codirector of the Institute for Music and Health in Verbank, New York.