Albert Murray: Collected Essays & Memoirs
by Albert Murray
Publication Date: Oct 18, 2016
List Price: $45.00 (store prices may vary)
Page Count: 1072
Imprint: Library of America
Publisher: Library of America
Parent Company: Library of America
In his 1970 classic The Omni-Americans, Albert Murray (1916 2013) took aim at protest writers and social scientists who accentuated the pathology of race in American life. Against narratives of marginalization and victimhood, Murray argued that black art and culture, particularly jazz and blues, stand at the very headwaters of the American mainstream, and that much of what is best in American art embodies the blues-hero tradition a heritage of grace, wit, and inspired improvisation in the face of adversity. Murray went on to refine these ideas in The Blue Devils of Nada and From the Briarpatch File, and all three landmark collections of essays are gathered here for the first time, together with Murray’s memoir South to a Very Old Place, his brilliant lecture series The Hero and the Blues, his masterpiece of jazz criticism Stomping the Blues, and eight previously uncollected pieces.
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