[[ Reading ]] ➺ Barrelhouse Words Author Stephen Calt – Playutopia.us

Barrelhouse Words 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 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.

[[ Reading ]] ➺ Barrelhouse Words  Author Stephen Calt – Playutopia.us
  • Paperback
  • 320 pages
  • Barrelhouse Words
  • Stephen Calt
  • English
  • 01 May 2017
  • 9780252076602

    10 thoughts on “[[ Reading ]] ➺ Barrelhouse Words Author Stephen Calt – Playutopia.us


  1. says:

    If you ve ever delved into blues music to the point that you went deeper than the mood and instrumentation, you quickly realize that some of the slang lyrics are of mysterious origin And for that reason , you may think don t truly understand the blues In this book, Calt has deciphered many of the terms used in country blues song of the 20 s and 30 s You would have to listen hard to pick these up on your own Calt points out that a number of terms were not necessarily common at the time but that it could be the singers way of entertaining the audience without overt obscenity Many words and colloquialisms are rooted in old English phrases Even Iggy The Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog can be traced back to Shakespeares Midsummer Nights Dream A kind hearted woman has multiple connotations and goofer dust is not a drug reference Some phrases like killing floor started pleasantly ...


  2. says:

    Though I collect slang dictionaries I ve never bought one to avoid embarrassment before.Hard to say how good it is The problem is that what may be dlalect slang in one context may simply mean what it says in another And because a phrase may have been used as a dialect term by one writer doesn t mean another knew it...


  3. says:

    While Calt s book may prove handy so to speak for those who hail from California and New Jersey, but then, it was doubtless for viewers in such places that subtitles were attached to LALEE S KIN THE LEGACY OF COTTON, a first rate film by Albert Maysles, released a decade ago but remaining woefully under th...


  4. says:

    I ve never read anything by Calt that didn t challenge my preconceptions of the blues Can t wait to start this one, but it might be a bathroom book, considering its genre.


  5. says:

    see my review in Living Blues

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