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Albert Murray

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Albert Murray

Collected Essays & Memoirs: The Omni-Americans / South to a Very Old Place / The Hero and the Blues / Stomping the Blues / The Blue Dev

By Albert Murray; Henry Louis Gates; Paul Devlin (Editor)

Library of America, Hardcover, 9781598535037, 1072pp.

Publication Date: October 18, 2016

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Description
In his 1970 classic The Omni-Americans, Albert Murray(1916 2013) took aim at protest writers and social scientists whoaccentuated the pathology of race in American life. Againstnarratives of marginalization and victimhood, Murray argued thatblack art and culture, particularly jazz and blues, stand at the veryheadwaters of the American mainstream, and that much of whatis best in American art embodies the blues-hero tradition a heritage of grace, wit, and inspired improvisation in the face ofadversity. Murray went on to refine these ideas in The Blue Devilsof Nada and From the Briarpatch File, and all three landmark collectionsof essays are gathered here for the first time, togetherwith Murray's memoir South to a Very Old Place, his brilliantlecture series The Hero and the Blues, his masterpiece of jazz criticismStomping the Blues, and eight previously uncollected pieces.


About the Author
Henry Louis Gates Jr., co-editor, is the AlphonseFletcher University Professor and Director of theHutchins Center for African and African AmericanResearch at Harvard University. Emmy Award winningfilmmaker, literary scholar, journalist, cultural critic, and institution builder, Gates has authored or coauthoredtwenty-one books and created fifteen documentaryfilms. He is the editor of two other volumesin the Library of America series, Frederick Douglass: Autobiographies and, with William L. Andrews, SlaveNarratives. Paul Devlin, co-editor, teaches English at the U.S.Merchant Marine Academy and has published essaysand criticism in many periodicals. He is the editor ofMurray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues(2016) and Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa JoJones, as told to Albert Murray (2011), a finalist forthe Jazz Journalists Association s book award."
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