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Preachin' the BluesThe Life and Times of Son House$
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Daniel Beaumont

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395570

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395570.001.0001

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The Second Coming of the Son

The Second Coming of the Son

The Return of Son House

(p.3) Chapter 1 The Second Coming of the Son
Preachin' the Blues

Daniel Beaumont

Oxford University Press

One event that was considered peculiar to the 1960s was the search for a black man, a former pre-World War II blues musician, in Mississippi. This chapter narrates the events leading up to and during this search, which involved Nick Perls, Dick Waterman, and Phil Spiro. A record released by the Origin Jazz Library informed these three men of the man they were seeking, Son House, as he was featured in the album: Really! The Country Blues 1927–1933. The rediscovery of Son House in Rochester, New York and the subsequent revival of his career, along with Mississippi John Hurt's career, has shown blues enthusiasts the possibility of rediscovering a pre-war musician, and more importantly, of promoting them to the folk music audience.

Keywords:   Son House, blues music, Nick Perls, Dick Waterman, Phil Spiro, Origin Jazz Library, Really! The Country Blues 1927–1933, Mississippi John Hurt

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