W. C. Handy, Abbe Niles, and (Auto)biographical Positioning in the Whiteman Era

  title={W. C. Handy, Abbe Niles, and (Auto)biographical Positioning in the Whiteman Era},
  author={Mario Dunkel},
  journal={Popular Music and Society},
  pages={122 - 139}
  • M. Dunkel
  • Published 30 January 2015
  • Art
  • Popular Music and Society
This article investigates W. C. Handy's collection of blues and jazz compositions Blues: An Anthology (1926) in light of Paul Whiteman's pre-eminent role in 1920s American popular music culture. It explores Whiteman's autobiographics, on the one hand, and the correspondence between Handy and the author of the anthology's foreword, Edward Abbe Niles, on the other, in order to demonstrate how Handy's self-determined voice asserted itself against both the discursive power of the Whiteman-led… 
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