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Albert Murray (1916–2013)

Author of Stomping the Blues

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Albert Murray was born in Nokomis, Alabama, in 1916. He was educated at Tuskegee Institute, where he later taught literature & directed the college theater. He is the author of many works of fiction & nonfiction, including "The Seven League Boots", "The Blue Devils of Nada" & "The Spyglass Tree". show more He lives in New York City. (Publisher Provided) Albert Murray was born in 1916 and grew up in Magazine Point, Alabama. He received a bachelor's degree from the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama in 1939. During World War II, he served in the Air Force and received a master's degree from New York University after returning to the U.S. He was a novelist and critic who believed that blues and jazz were not primitive sounds, but sophisticated art. He wrote a series of autobiographical novels, a nonfiction narrative entitled South to a Very Old Place, an acclaimed history of music entitled Stomping the Blues, and several books of criticism including The Blue Devils of Nada: A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement. In 2000, the Modern Library released Trading Twelves, a collection of letters between Murray and fellow author Ralph Ellison. He died on August 18, 2013 at the age of 97. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology (1997) — Contributor — 98 copies
American Negro Short Stories (1966) — Contributor — 61 copies
The Remembered Gate: Memoirs by Alabama Writers (2002) — Epilogue — 14 copies
A Portrait of Southern Writers: Photographs (2000) — Contributor — 13 copies
New World Writing: Fourth Mentor Selection (1953) — Contributor — 12 copies

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Ottima analisi della forma musicale blues/jazz, che parte dalla distinzione tra i blue devil e il blues come musica e prosegue sgretolando una serie di luoghi comuni (sullo spirito della musica, sul ruolo della tecnica, sullo stile, sulla presunta ingenuità del folklore) che purtroppo animano la maggior parte delle riflessioni su queste musiche.
 
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d.v. | 3 other reviews | May 16, 2023 |
Collection of magazine essays written in the 60s and collected and published in book form in 1970. I liked Murray’s basic perspective that American blacks and whites have much more in common than not, and that it would be good for people to realize that, and build on it, But these essays were really responding to events and discussions in the sixties and I didn’t follow a lot of it or find it meaningful. I did like the appendix with a summary of his life, which was amazing, and I think he deserves a good biography.… (more)
 
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steve02476 | Jan 3, 2023 |
The voice carries this short story all the way through to its conclusion. It's one man's explanation of why his ancestors were brought to this country as slaves, and while some of it is making the best of a bad situation, some of it is the honest truth. But, alas, there are still so many who don't understand it.
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datrappert | Sep 25, 2022 |
I picked this up because Murray is the author for November for the American Authors Challenge, and I think I would have been better served with one of his novels. Not because I think this isn't a worthwhile read, but rather because I didn't realize quite how much brain power it was going to need and I didn't really have it to give just now. So some of my slight "heh?" here is almost certainly my fault. That said, Murray (I think) is exploring Western literary conceptions of the hero and discussing how they relate to the "blues idiom" and the African American blues hero. I'll confess that I was frequently at a loss as to how he was connecting the two. Not that I doubt there is a connection (there could hardly not be a connection?), but if he was making strong, explicit connections on the page, I missed them. He often seemed to jump from a discussion of Thomas Mann or Ernest Hemingway into the blues without showing how he got from one to the other. I dunno. I probably should read it again, giving especial attention to about the first thirty pages, which I got through before fully realizing how much I needed to slow down and make notes if I had any hope of getting what he was saying. I will say that the last fifteen pages or so really grabbed me--he was talking about different kinds of heroes and how they relate to the world. This section made me take notice because it set off all kinds of "Ooo, Tolkien" and "oh, Dean Winchester" klaxons in my brain. I still wasn't following the connections Murray was making, but I was making some of my own. Yay? Better than a stick in the eye, but I still feel like I largely missed his point here.… (more)
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