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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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(p.111) Chapter 7 Eclipse
Preachin' the Blues

Daniel Beaumont

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Son House's life after he moved to Rochester, where he lived in almost total obscurity from 1943 to 1964. His life at the time can be viewed in the context of the “Great Migration”, which pertains to the movement of the African-American populace from rural communities in the South to urban communities. The death of Willie Brown, his closest friend and musical companion, caused House to stop playing music entirely. Various signs that House's situation was about to change were observed during 1962–63; his recording compilations came out, and he was featured in the liner notes of the Columbia Records Robert Johnson reissue. In 1964, he and wife Evie moved to their Greig Street apartment house where he was eventually discovered by Perls, Spiro, and Waterman.

Keywords:   Son House, Great Migration, Willie Brown, Robert Johnson

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