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Everybody singin' like somebody else's body. And that's pretty spooky if you think about it. I like the shows where the guy... he's like 18 years and white and he's comin' up on stage before a 90 years old bluesman [pantomimes lurching onto stage, plays really old sounding blues, wails incomprehensibly]... And then the 90 years old bluesman comes on and says, 'OK man, whassup?' Everythin's gotten like kinda spaced if you think about it... - Jerry Ricks, Port Townsend 97

Author Topic: W.C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues  (Read 960 times)

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Offline David Kaatz

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W.C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues
« on: August 02, 2009, 05:31:41 PM »
Hope this hasn't been covered already.
New book; I haven't read it, but read a review here:
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2009564077_br02handy.html

Dave

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Re: W.C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2009, 11:13:49 AM »
I started it a while back and put it down, will finish it eventually - while I think Handy is an important figure, I don't think he's that interesting musically, though of course his music has to be considered. I think the author overestimates him in that respect - also, I was bugged that the author gave a completely incorrect definition of syncopation, which did not fill me with confidence re- other aspects of the book.

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