Mar 102014

Elijah Wald's  book Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, Amistad, 2005

Elijah Wald’s book Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, Amistad, 2005

Grammy award winning musician/historian Elijah Wald will discuss the work of Jelly Roll Morton at Tulane University on March 20 in the Freeman Auditorium, at 6:30 p.m.

For more, please refer to the following announcement from Tulane University:

The Third Annual Sylvia Frey Lecture

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Freeman Auditorium, 6:30 pm
Singers of Tail: Jelly Roll Morton, the Blues, and the Silences of History
Jelly Roll Morton’s memories of Gulf Coast music and musicians suggest aspects of blues and racial interchange in popular culture that remain largely unexplored due to censorship, romanticism, prudishness, stereotyping, and shifting agendas.  Looking back to the birth of the jazz era from the fifth decade of the rap era, how much of this history can be recovered, and how much is lost forever?
One of the most prominent music scholars working today, Elijah Wald’s eleven books include Escaping the Delta, a blues history centered on Robert Johnson and how the blues audience changed over the twentieth century; How the Beatles Destroyed Rock ’n’ Roll, a revisionist social history of American popular music; The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the source material for the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis; Narcocorrido,a journalistic exploration of the Mexican ballads of drug trafficking and immigration; and The Dozens, a history of the African-American mother-insulting tradition from its prehistoric roots to gangsta rap. He received a 2002 Grammy for his liner notes to the Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Box set and has taught blues history at UCLA. A practicing musician and journalist, Wald has published thousands of articles on music and other subjects.

Elijah Wald

Elijah Wald's book The Dozens: A History of Rap's Mama, Oxford University Press, 2012 (via

Elijah Wald’s book The Dozens: A History of Rap’s Mama, Oxford University Press, 2012 (via

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