In Search of the Blues: A Journey to the Soul of Black Texas (Southwestern Writers Collection Series, Wittliff Collections at Texas State University)

In Search of the Blues: A Journey to the Soul of Black Texas (Southwestern Writers Collection Series, Wittliff Collections at Texas State University)

By: Bill Minutaglio (author)Paperback

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The rich, complex lives of African Americans in Texas were often neglected by the mainstream media, which historically seldom ventured into Houston's Fourth Ward, San Antonio's East Side, South Dallas, or the black neighborhoods in smaller cities. When Bill Minutaglio began writing for Texas newspapers in the 1970s, few large publications had more than a token number of African American journalists, and they barely acknowledged the things of lasting importance to the African American community. Though hardly the most likely reporter-as a white, Italian American transplant from New York City-for the black Texas beat, Minutaglio was drawn to the African American heritage, seeking its soul in churches, on front porches, at juke joints, and anywhere else that people would allow him into their lives. His nationally award-winning writing offered many Americans their first deeper understanding of Texas's singular, complicated African American history. This eclectic collection gathers the best of Minutaglio's writing about the soul of black Texas. He profiles individuals both unknown and famous, including blues legends Lightnin' Hopkins, Amos Milburn, Robert Shaw, and Dr. Hepcat. He looks at neglected, even intentionally hidden, communities. And he wades into the musical undercurrent that touches on African Americans' joys, longings, and frustrations, and the passing of generations. Minutaglio's stories offer an understanding of the sweeping evolution of music, race, and justice in Texas. Moved forward by the musical heartbeat of the blues and defined by the long shadow of racism, the stories measure how far Texas has come ...or still has to go.

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Bill Minutaglio is author or coauthor of eight books, including Dallas 1963, In Search of the Blues: A Journey to the Soul of Black Texas, First Son: George W. Bush and the Bush Family Dynasty, and Molly Ivins: A Rebel Life. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, Outside: The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Texas Monthly, among other publications. He has been interviewed on the Today Show, CNN, NPR, PBS, and the BBC. He lives in Austin, Texas.


Foreword by Linda Jones Acknowledgments Introduction Part 1: Three Generations Hanging Tree Blues Black Panther Blues Texas Harlem Blues Part 2: Community Congo Street Blues Free Man Blues Sand Branch Blues Fire in the Hole Blues South Dallas Blues Part 3: The Music Photochemical Blues Searchin' Blues Last Man Blues Lightnin' Blues Chicken Shack Blues Fourth Ward Blues Zydeco Blues Credits

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/04/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780292722897
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 183
  • ID: 9780292722897
  • weight: 295
  • ISBN10: 0292722893

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