Blowhard, Esq. writes:
Emmett Miller was a HUGE influence on country music, and hence, American music in general. Too bad minstrelsy is such a charged topic, so much great and influential stuff came from it. The proto-country and -rock music is so interesting and great. Not just the music but the figures involved and the ways they presented their acts. Check out the book Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity. SO interesting. All that down-home, old timey authenticity people pine for and try to recapture was as much artifice and the most outlandish Bowie stuff. And that’s not a knock on it at all, in my opinion. I never tire of reading about artists reinventing themselves to create their art. Some great Dylan bits in that book too.
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I just finished this book: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Like-You-Blackface-Whiteface/dp/1585424986
Started this one last night: http://www.amazon.com/Where-Dead-Voices-Gather-Tosches-ebook/dp/B000SHBQ4E/
Nice. That Tosches book is on my list.
Don’t deprive yourself of this:
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Almost included that in my post. I think it’s Wikipedia that notes that the Prima medley is what Roth based his version on.
I listen to this one about once a week:
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