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By Marybeth Hamilton

In this amazing reconstruction of the origins of the blues, historian Marybeth Hamilton demonstrates that the tale as we all know it's principally a fantasy. Following the path of characters like Howard Odum, who combed Mississippi’s again roads with a cylinder phonograph to checklist vagrants, John and Alan Lomax, who prowled Southern penitentiaries and unearthed the tough, depression vocals of Leadbelly, and James McKune, a recluse whose list assortment got here to outline the primal sounds of the Delta blues, Hamilton finds this musical shape to be the fruits of a longstanding white fascination with the unique mysteries of black music.

By excavating the background of the Delta blues, Hamilton unearths the level to which American tradition has been formed through white fantasies of racial difference.

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