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Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967, Hardback Book

Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967 Hardback

Part of the American Made Music Series series


These photographs document George Mitchell's trip to Mississippi, where he searched for thenunrecorded blues musicians including R.

L. Burnside, Jessie Mae Hemphill, and Othar Turner. Thisjourney yielded recordings of music now on cherished and touted albums and CDs.

From Mitchell'sfieldwork many others discovered the region and its distinctive style of blues.

Some of the musiciansMitchell recorded had their lives transformed following his visit.The historic photographs in George Mitchell's Mississippi Hill Country Blues 1967 capture avibrant blues tradition at the moment of its discovery.

Intimate, without posturing or pandering, thesephotographs provide a raw, authentic look at African American blues musicians, their families, andtheir stomping grounds in the Mississippi Hill Country at a time when blues music remained a lively,though waning, part of their community and blues musicians were viewed with respect and pride. Blues musicians brought pleasure and release to people wrestling with severe poverty and pervasivediscrismination.Mitchell's ability to connect with his subjects is evident in his arresting images.

The musicians--and their families and friends--welcomed him in their homes and at rent parties and fife and drumpicnics.

They posed for portraits. They let him hang around with his camera while they cooked supperor danced up a storm.

The book includes Mitchell's interviews, conducted at the time he took the photos, with four of themusicians, who talk about their music, their lives, and the times in which they live.

Running throughoutis the author's recounting of his experience of the seminal musicological odyssey.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 144 pages, 996 black & white photographs
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Photographs: collections
  • ISBN: 9781617038167


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