9781469633664-1469633663-Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition (New Directions in Southern Studies)

Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition (New Directions in Southern Studies)

ISBN-13: 9781469633664
ISBN-10: 1469633663
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Gussow, Adam
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Format: Paperback 416 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781469633664
ISBN-10: 1469633663
Edition: Illustrated
Author: Gussow, Adam
Publication date: 2017
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Format: Paperback 416 pages

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Acknowledged authors Gussow, Adam wrote Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition (New Directions in Southern Studies) comprising 416 pages back in 2017. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1469633663 and 9781469633664. Since then Beyond the Crossroads: The Devil and the Blues Tradition (New Directions in Southern Studies) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 2.00 or rent at the marketplace.

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The devil is the most charismatic and important figure in the blues tradition. He's not just the music's namesake ("the devil's music"), but a shadowy presence who haunts an imagined Mississippi crossroads where, it is claimed, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson traded away his soul in exchange for extraordinary prowess on the guitar. Yet, as scholar and musician Adam Gussow argues, there is much more to the story of the devil and the blues than these cliched understandings.

In this groundbreaking study, Gussow takes the full measure of the devil's presence. Working from original transcriptions of more than 125 recordings released during the past ninety years, Gussow explores the varied uses to which black southern blues people have put this trouble-sowing, love-wrecking, but also empowering figure. The book culminates with a bold reinterpretation of Johnson's music and a provocative investigation of the way in which the citizens of Clarksdale, Mississippi, managed to rebrand a commercial hub as "the crossroads" in 1999, claiming Johnson and the devil as their own.

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