Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton

Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton[PDF / Epub] ☉ Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton ❤ Howard Reich – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Jelly's Blues vividly recounts the tumultuous life of Jelly Roll Morton 1890 1941 born Ferdinand Joseph Lamonthe to a large extended family in New Orleans A virtuoso pianist with a larger than life pe Jelly's Blues vividly The Life, MOBI í recounts the tumultuous life of Jelly Roll Morton born Ferdinand Joseph Lamonthe to a large extended family in New Orleans A virtuoso pianist with a larger than life personality he composed such influential early jazz pieces as Kansas City Stomp and New Orleans Blues But by the Jelly's Blues: eBook ↠ late s Jelly Roll Morton was nearly forgotten as a visionary jazz composer Instead he was caricatured as a braggart a hustler and worst of all a has been He was ridiculed by the white popular press and robbed of due royalties by unscrupulous music publishers His reputation at rock bottom Jelly Roll Blues: The Life, PDF/EPUB » Morton seemed destined to be remembered as a flamboyant diamond toothed rounder than as the brilliant architect Blues: The Life, Music, and Epub / of that new American musical idiom JazzIn the death of a New Orleans memorabilia collector unearthed a startling archive Here were unknown later compositions as well as correspondence court and copyright records all detailing Morton's Blues: The Life, Music, and Epub / struggle to salvage his reputation recover lost royalties and protect the publishing rights of black musicians Morton was a much complex and passionate man than many had realized fiercely dedicated to his art and possessing an unwavering belief in his own genius even as he toiled in poverty and obscurity An especially immediate and visceral look into the jazz worlds of New Orleans and Chicago Jelly's Blues is the definitive biography of a jazz icon and a long overdue look at one of the twentieth century's most important composers. Biography of Morton that utilized a lot of new material from William Russell's Morton archives In a large sense Jelly's Blues was conceived as a corrective to the Alan Lomax book on Jelly Roll I've not read the Lomax book but he is often criticized for trying to make his african american sources fit his own stereotypes about their lives and for focussing on the non musical parts of their lives The Lomax book was drawn from his recorded conversations with morton at the Library of Congress; however Lomax conducted these interviews with little real knowledge about the origins of jazz or the history of New Orleans at that time So the interviews are both very valuable primary sources but also limited by Lomax's own limitations Anyways Lomax's book was published in 1950 since then a lot of material has come to light that wasn't available at that time Reich and Gaines are able to document things that Morton said in the Lomax interviews that were long dismissed as exagerations Jelly's Blues is structured into two sections the first looks at his rise the second at his downfall I am no Morton expert but I don't know how well I think the first part of the book does at portraying Morton's early years Whatever weaknesses of the first part though the real strength of the book is in its portrayal of Morton's downfall The book shows how Morton was swindeled by the publisher Walter Melrose and later ASCAP In fact I had no idea how horrible ASCAP had been and how incredibly racist it was until Feds began investigating So the second part is well done but very very sad It is just incredible as swing music is on the rise Morton can turn on the radio and come across some big band version of his song King Porter's Stompand he was not seeing a dime from that Yes Morton was a difficult person but sheesh what a fucking maddening situation to be in desperate poverty while plenty of people are profiting off of your work One weakness of the book is that in attempting to redeem Morton I think the authors err a bit in the other direction Obviously Morton had plenty of reason to be cranky but I still don't think the authors do a good job of getting at his tendency to be a difficult person who often alienated people Overall a very good chronicle of Jelly Roll's downfall which makes for a very sad story Excellent well researched book about one of the best composers of American music Reich succeeds in depicting Morton as a human being in many senses a wronged unfairly treated human being rather than as a myth or larger than life legend Knowing the struggles of Morton many of which were of his own making provides only meaning to his compositions Read the first half skimmed the second half It's repetitive Great biography of a true innovator I'm assuming his story is not uniue A Creole man from New Orleans creates an American art form and never ever got the recognition so duly deserved Between a racist society a cut throat industry and music publishers seeking to get rich of the mans vision and talent Morton never gained the fame he deserved until long after his death Morton kept trying when most men would have given up I really admire the man even

Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly
  • Hardcover
  • 304 pages
  • Jelly's Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton
  • Howard Reich
  • English
  • 15 May 2015
  • 9780306812095