Doctorow addresses several major societal changes in turn-of-the-century America in his novel Ragtime. He conveys the effects of these changes through the reactions of the characters.
This article is a draft that contains only a fraction of the material that I will eventually publish as a book. Some sections and references in this article are incomplete and will be expanded in the book, including never-before-published material from field research on Boogie Woogie by me and others.
Africa is a rich continent that has for centuries provided the world with art, culture, labor, wealth, and natural resources.
Being mindful of this fact suggests certain questions: Is there historical and cultural evidence in Africa even today that suggest a common biological heritage and aesthetic sensibility among human beings? If so, what are the elements of this common aesthetic?
Does Boogie Woogie share any of these elements? To the extent that these questions can be answered in the affirmative, Boogie Woogie can be seen in a much larger context than merely being a popular music and dance form originating in the United States.
However, before considering Boogie Woogie in such a broad historical context, I want to first examine its evolution within the United States.
A fast, rolling bass—giving the piece an undercurrent of tremendous power—power piano playing. This style was often referred to as a 'fast western' or 'fast blues' as differentiated from the 'slow blues' of New Orleans and St.
At these gatherings the ragtime and blues boys could easily tell from what section of the country a man came, even going so far as to name the town, by his interpretation of a piece. Simms Campbell,pagesin Chapter 4 "Blues" in the book, "Jazzmen: And all the Old-time Texans, black or white, are agreed that boogie piano players were first heard in the lumber and turpentine camps, where nobody was at home at all.
The style dates from the early s. Even before ragtime, with its characteristic syncopation and forward momentum, was picked up by whites in the North, boogie was a necessary factor in Negro existence wherever the struggle for an economic foothold had grouped the ex-slaves in segregated communities mostly in water-front cities along the gulf, the Mississippi and its tributaries.
Despite the fact that both E. Simms Campbell and Elliot Paul mention "turpentine camps," there is good reason to conclude that Boogie Woogie did not originate in turpentine camps. For a more detailed explanation of the reasoning that led to this conclusion, see the section titled "Why Boogie Woogie Is Unlikely to Have Originated in Turpentine Camps.
Thomas Clarence Williams states: It wasn't called the 'Boogie Woogie' then. George Thomas was the fellow who used this style and first wrote it down. This image of George Washington Thomas, Jr. However, the style became a fixture in "Deep Ellum" after the turn of the century.
These comments on the origin of Boogie Woogie by Barlow is consistent with the witnessing by Leadbelly, as well as with the account given by Lee Ree Sullivan of Texarkana.
Jefferson might have also derived his "Booga Rooga" bass line from Lead Belly, after Leadbelly witnessed Boogie Woogie bass lines played by pianists in the Arklatex. Simms Campbell and Clarence Williams are among the earliest accounts that attribute an origin of Boogie Woogie music to a specific geographical region, namely Texas.
Their comments above are also noteworthy in that neither E. Simms Campbell nor Clarence Williams were from Texas.
Campbell was from St. Louis and spent time living and conducting research in both Chicago and New York. Williams was from Louisiana, and also spent considerable time living in Chicago and New York.Main Ideas.
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