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DAN EMMETT and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy

 I came across this digital book today and thought some others here might be interested. You can navigate to the various pages and songs by clicking the arrows by the bar  in the center of the page, a lot of Dan Emmett songs and tunes are shown as well as some songs of the late 18th /early 19th century. 


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Comment by Tim Twiss on August 9, 2013 at 7:44pm


Really, a digital book now? It is difficult to find., and usually expensive if you can find.


Comment by Tim Twiss on August 9, 2013 at 7:55pm

I see....rich in the music, but it lacks the text. Too bad.....BUT, what a great resource for music.

Comment by Wes Merchant on August 9, 2013 at 8:04pm

Tim, there is some text that shows up under the chapter headings when you click the arrow, it may just be the notes but it's interesting reading, I spent a long time there this evening.

Comment by Tim Twiss on August 9, 2013 at 9:31pm

I found it....thanks.

I like the early history, and the links to European melodies he points out. Makes you think there was little that was completely original in the early repertoire...only the new recipe.

Comment by Wes Merchant on August 9, 2013 at 9:58pm

I really was looking for some information on Jimmy Norton the "Boss Jig Player" and stumbled on this, fascinating...

Comment by Paul Ely Smith on August 10, 2013 at 9:15am

I was in in college (late 1970s) when I saw this on the shelf of a used bookstore and bought it.  I had no idea about minstrelsy at all, so it was a complete revelation, and enough information and music that you could sit down and start to figure it out. 

Comment by Tim Twiss on August 10, 2013 at 9:26am
Comment by Tim Twiss on August 11, 2013 at 12:51pm

Chapter 12 is a real eye opener....it leads one to think there is a root tune for nearly everything, if you look hard enough.


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