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The Singers of Tail: Jelly Roll Morton, the Blues, and the Silences of History

The Third Annual Sylvia R. Frey Lecture

featuring Elijah Wald, Author of Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Building: Woldenberg Art Center in Room 108
Location: uptown campus
Other Information: Freeman Auditorium

Gangsta Blues? Rap in the late 1800s? Jelly Roll Morton's memories of Gulf Coast music and musicians suggest aspects of blues and racial interchange in popular culture that remain largely unexplored due to censorship, romanticism, prudishness, stereotyping, and shifting agendas. How much of this history can be recovered and how much is lost forever?

Musician and author Elijah Wald's eleven books include Escaping the Delta, a blues history centered on Robert Johnson and the shifting blues audience of the 20th century; How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll, a revisionist social history of American popular music; The Dozens, a history of the African-American mother-insulting tradition from its prehistoric roots to gangsta rap, and Narcocorrido, a journalistic exploration of the Mexican ballads of drug trafficking and immigration. Wald received a 2002 Grammy for his liner notes to the Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Box set and has taught blues history at UCLA. His memoir of the folk musician Dave Van Ronk, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, was adapted by the Coen Brothers for their recent film, Inside Llewyn Davis.

 

Sponsored by: New Orleans Center for the Gulf South

Admission: Free
Attendance: Open to the public
Open to: Alumni, Faculty, Graduate students, Staff, Undergraduates, Visitors

Tickets: Not required

For more information contact Joel Dinerstein via email to jdinerst@tulane.edu or by phone at 504-314-2883

Additional information may be found at the event website at http://tulane.edu/liberal-arts/NOCGS/index.cfm






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