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Author Topic: Give My Poor Heart Ease & Barrelhouse Blues  (Read 1592 times)

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Offline uncle bud

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Give My Poor Heart Ease & Barrelhouse Blues
« on: June 30, 2009, 06:50:10 AM »
A couple books scheduled for release later this year.

Give My Poor Heart Ease - Voices of the Mississippi Blues by William Ferris

This will have a CD and DVD. I imagine the DVD is at least in part the 21-minute film of the same name from 1975 that is viewable online (for now) here:,80


Barrelhouse Blues - Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues - Paul Oliver

Offline jostber

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Re: Give My Poor Heart Ease & Barrelhouse Blues
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2009, 08:05:58 AM »

Offline DanceGypsy

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Re: Give My Poor Heart Ease & Barrelhouse Blues
« Reply #2 on: November 18, 2009, 08:21:52 AM »
I picked up the William Ferris book last weekend, and have read the introduction, first chatper and perused the contents of the CD and DVD.  I'll post again when I have finished the book and accompanying media, but I wanted to say that based on the experience so far this is going to be a real gem.  Ferris grew up on a farm in the Delta, and began collecting stories, photos and video in the late 1960's.  The introduction to the book is a personal account of his roots in the Delta, his interaction with the black community and his involvement as an activist and folklorist.  Chapter one presents an interview with Mary Gordon, a member of the Rose Hill church community in (Leland?) Mississippi.  The prose is very readable, the subject matter interesting and the photographs simply captivating.  There are five short films on the DVD and some twenty-odd tracks on the audio CD.  I am really looking forward to spending time with this book through the coming holiday season.

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