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Barrelhouse Words: A Blues Dialect Dictionary
by Stephen Calt
University of Illinois Press, 2009
eISBN: 978-0-252-09071-4 | Cloth: 978-0-252-03347-6 | Paper: 978-0-252-07660-2
Library of Congress Classification ML3521.C35 2009
Dewey Decimal Classification 781.64303

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

This fascinating compendium explains the most unusual, obscure, and curious words and expressions from vintage blues music. Utilizing both documentary evidence and invaluable interviews with a number of now-deceased musicians from the 1920s and '30s, blues scholar Stephen Calt unravels the nuances of more than twelve hundred idioms and proper or place names found on oft-overlooked "race records" recorded between 1923 and 1949. From "aggravatin' papa" to "yas-yas-yas" and everything in between, this truly unique, racy, and compelling resource decodes a neglected speech for general readers and researchers alike, offering invaluable information about black language and American slang.



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