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Author Edwards, Emily D, author.

Title Bars, blues, and booze : stories from the drink house / Emily D. Edwards.

Publication Info. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2016]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    781.643 EDW    Available
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Description ix, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series American made music series
American made music series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-304), filmography (pages 305-306) and index.
Contents Buckets of blood to the better clubs : defining the drink house -- The bar as a music venue -- Blues, booze, and "occupying a dive" -- White kids on the chitlin circuit -- Muscle shoals, dry counties, and the hooch run -- Juke joints, bootleg, and moonshine -- Roots : music, magic, and myths from the drink house -- Feeding the music -- Piedmont personalities -- Even chocolate cowboys get the blues -- Traveling blues : road stories and odd venues -- Body boomer blues : the crossroads of culture.
Summary "Bars, Blues, and Booze lively bar tales from the intersection of black and white musical cultures in the South. Many of these stories do not seem dignified, decent, or filled with uplifting euphoria, but they are real narratives of people who worked hard with their hands during the week to celebrate the weekend with music and mind-altering substances. These are stories of musicians who may not be famous celebrities but are men and women deeply occupied with their craft - professional musicians stuck with a day job. The collection also includes stories from fans and bar owners, people vital to shaping a local music scene. The stories explore the 'crossroads,' that intoxicated intersection of spirituality, race, and music that forms a rich, southern vernacular. In personal narratives, musicians and partygoers relate tales of narrow escape (almost getting busted by the law while transporting moonshine), of desperate poverty (rat-infested kitchens and repossessed cars), of magic (hiring a root doctor to make a charm), and loss (death or incarceration). Here are stories of defiant miscegenation, of forgetting race and going out to eat together after a jam, and then not being served. Assorted boasts of improbable hijinks give the 'blue collar' musician a wild, gritty glamour and emphasize the riotous freedom of their fans, who sometimes risk the strong arm of southern liquor laws in order to chase the good times."--Provided by publisher.
Subject Blues (Music) -- Social aspects -- Southern States.
Musicians -- Alcohol use -- Southern States.
Drinking of alcoholic beverages -- Social aspects -- Southern States -- History.
Music and race -- Southern States.
Blues musicians -- Southern States -- Interviews.
Other Form: Online version: Edwards, Emily D. Bars, blues, and booze Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2016] 9781496806406 (DLC) 2015040472
ISBN 9781496806390 (cloth ; alk. paper)

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