Title Dead Man Blues. Jelly Roll Morton Way out West
Book Condition Near Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket
Edition First Edition
Publisher University of California Press 2001
0520215230 / 9780520215238
Seller ID 11420
xxiv, 246pp, illustrations. Dust jacket has very slight crease. Pastras's discovery of a previously unknown collection of memorabilia, including a 58-page scrapbook compiled by Morton himself, sheds new light on Morton's personal and artistic development, as well as on the crucial role played by Anita Gonzales. Pastras traces Morton's artistic development as a pianist, composer, and bandleader. Among many other topics he discusses the complexities of racial identity for Morton and his circle, his belief in voodoo, his relationships with women, his style of performance, and his roots in black musical traditions.