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The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff, and: May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy by Sharon Ammen, and: Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870–1929 by Nicholas Gebhardt (review)

The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville by Lynn Abbott and... BOOK REVIEWS The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville. By Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff. Oxford: University Press of Mississippi, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-4968-2326-7. Cloth. Pp. 480. $85.00. May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy. By Sharon Ammen. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-252- 08215-3. Paperback. Pp. 296. $24.95. Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870–1929. By Nicholas Gebhardt. Chicago: University of Chi - cago Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-226-44869-5. Paperback. Pp. 208. $27.50. Three recent books about the history of vaudeville, a peculiar form of American variety show birthed at the end of the nineteenth century, take up their subject with distinctly different objects in mind. Granted, each starts more or less in the same place and is concerned with musical details and musical impact. All three also explain a great deal about the business of theater—business being - under stood in both senses of the word—first, as the particulars of onstage activity, and second, as commercial enterprise. No doubt owing to its saturation with ethnically oriented humor, the exag - gerated gestures essential to visual comedy, and ubiquitous gender stereotypes, vaudeville’s popularity among cultural historians, musical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville by Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff, and: May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy by Sharon Ammen, and: Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870–1929 by Nicholas Gebhardt (review)

American Music , Volume 38 (1) – Apr 3, 2020

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BOOK REVIEWS The Original Blues: The Emergence of the Blues in African American Vaudeville. By Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff. Oxford: University Press of Mississippi, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-4968-2326-7. Cloth. Pp. 480. $85.00. May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy. By Sharon Ammen. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-0-252- 08215-3. Paperback. Pp. 296. $24.95. Vaudeville Melodies: Popular Musicians and Mass Entertainment in American Culture, 1870–1929. By Nicholas Gebhardt. Chicago: University of Chi - cago Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-0-226-44869-5. Paperback. Pp. 208. $27.50. Three recent books about the history of vaudeville, a peculiar form of American variety show birthed at the end of the nineteenth century, take up their subject with distinctly different objects in mind. Granted, each starts more or less in the same place and is concerned with musical details and musical impact. All three also explain a great deal about the business of theater—business being - under stood in both senses of the word—first, as the particulars of onstage activity, and second, as commercial enterprise. No doubt owing to its saturation with ethnically oriented humor, the exag - gerated gestures essential to visual comedy, and ubiquitous gender stereotypes, vaudeville’s popularity among cultural historians, musical

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