Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2017. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. Quarto. 8.25 x 10.25 in. viii, 420 pp. Occasionally illustrated with black & white reproductions of photographs. Fine in original blue paper-covered boards and fine pictorial dust jacket. Item #1630
The third volume in a trilogy, The Original Blues covers African American popular music in vaudeville, minstrelsy's replacement form of stage entertainment, from the examination of the first blues star of black vaudeville, Butler "String Beans" May, to its organization by the Theater Owners Booking Association (T.O.B.A.). Jacket design by Chris Ware.