Barrelhouse words : a blues dialect dictionary /
|Author / Creator:||Calt, Stephen.|
|Imprint:||Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2009.|
|Description:||xxxi, 286 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Subject:||Blues (Music) -- Texts -- Dictionaries.|
Blues (Music) -- History and criticism.
English language -- Dialects.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
|URL for this record:||http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/7844294|
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.
|Physical Description:||xxxi, 286 p. ; 23 cm.|
|Bibliography:||Includes bibliographical references and index.|
|ISBN:||9780252033476 (cloth : alk. paper)|
0252033477 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780252076602 (pbk. : alk. paper)
0252076605 (pbk. : alk. paper)