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Staging the Blues

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Acknowledgments vii Introduction. Beale on Broadway 1 1. Real Personality: The Blues Actress 31 2. Theater Folk: Huddie Ledbetter on the Stage 82 3. Southern Exposure: Transatlantic Blues 129 4. Highway 61 Revisited: Blues Tourism at Ground Zero 177 Notes 221 Bibliography 257 Index 271

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Paige A. McGinley is Assistant Professor of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.


"This beautifully written and engaging account of how blues has been staged will change for good how theater scholars think of musical performance, and how music scholars think of theater. Paige A. McGinley's observation that 'authenticity is produced theatrically, on stage, in the context of the performance event' deconstructs the binary between authenticity and inauthenticity, allowing her to focus on black agency and subjectivity as it is produced in and through performance." "Staging the Blues is a much-needed, even game-changing intervention into dominant models for the study of blues music and culture. Based on amazing original research, Paige A. McGinley reassesses what we think we know about the blues, offers bold and insightful analyses of the racial and gendered politics of blues performance and reception, and, crucially, restores critical recognition of the theatricality of the blues and its historical place in traditions of popular performance."

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