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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 Early Years of Eddie “Son” House

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Preachin' the Blues

Daniel Beaumont

Oxford University Press

This chapter illustrates the early life of Eddie “Son” House, who as a child and a young man exhibited the restive and persistent energy that he would later be well-known for in his music. Beyond the usual biographical facts, House's life was in fact quite gloomy and troubled by irregularities. He was born into a musical family, and was initially exposed to music by his father and uncles. He was also notable for being passionate about going to church and Sunday school, while simultaneously despising the bluesmen and their music. In a statement made in a 1969 interview House gave conflicting accounts about his life, and he had no siblings, relatives, and childhood friends left to help him correct his memories. He was at that point, in essence, alone, and the sole survivor of a world that had mostly disappeared.

Keywords:   Eddie “Son” House, Sunday school, bluesmen, blues music

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