Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism

  title={Staging the Blues: From Tent Shows to Tourism},
  author={Paige Mcginley},
  • Paige Mcginley
  • Published 2014
  • Art
  • Singing was just one element of blues performance in the early twentieth century. Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and other classic blues singers also tapped, joked, and flaunted extravagant costumes on tent show and black vaudeville stages. The press even described these women as "actresses" long before they achieved worldwide fame for their musical recordings. In Staging the Blues , Paige A. McGinley shows that even though folklorists, record producers, and festival promoters set the theatricality… CONTINUE READING
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