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I Don't Like the Blues – Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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I Don't Like the Blues: Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life

B. Brian Foster


How do you love and not like the same thing at the same time? This was the riddle that met Mississippi writer B. Brian Foster when he returned to his home state to learn about Black culture and found himself hearing about the blues. One moment, Black Mississippians would say they knew and appreciated the blues. The next, they would say they didn’t like it. For five years, Foster listened and asked: “How?” “Why not?” “Will it ever change?” This is the story of the answers to his questions. In this illuminating work, Foster takes us where not many blues writers and scholars have gone: into the h ... More

Keywords: Race, Blues, Mississippi, Black Mississippians, Black life, “Listening for the backbeat”, Sound, Place, Community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469660424
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660424.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

B. Brian Foster, author
University of Mississippi