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By Christian O'Connell

Recent revisionist scholarship has argued that representations by means of white “outsider” observers of black American song have distorted ancient truths approximately how the blues got here to be. whereas those scholarly arguments have generated a fascinating debate relating how the tune has been framed and disseminated, they've got thus far in basic terms informed an American tale, failing to recognize that during the post-war period the blues had unfold some distance past the borders of the us. As Christian O’Connell exhibits in Blues, How Do You Do? Paul Oliver’s principally missed scholarship—and the original transatlantic cultural context it provides—is very important to knowing the blues.

O’Connell’s learn starts off with Oliver’s scholarship in his early days in London as a author for the British jazz press and is going directly to research Oliver’s encounters with traveling blues musicians, his country Department–supported box journey to the united states in 1960, and the ensuing photographs

and oral historical past he produced, together with his epic “blues narrative,” The Story of the Blues (1969). Blues, How Do You Do? thus goals to maneuver clear of debates which have been constrained in the limits of nationwide borders—or depended on clichés of British bands popularizing American song in America—to discover how Oliver’s paintings demonstrates that the blues turned a reified perfect, developed against the forces of modernity.

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