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Demons of Disorder
Early Blackface Minstrels and their World

Part of Cambridge Studies in American Theatre and Drama

  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521568289

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  • Carnival, charivari, mumming plays, peasant festivals, and even early versions of the Santa Claus myth - all of these forms of entertainment influenced and shaped blackface minstrelsy in the first half of the nineteenth century. In his fascinating study Demons of Disorder, musicologist Dale Cockrell studies issues of race and class by analysing their cultural expressions, and investigates the roots of still remembered songs such as 'Jim Crow', 'Zip Coon', and 'Dan Tucker'. Also examined is the character George Washington Dixon, the man most deserving of the title 'father of blackface minstrelsy' and surely one of celebrity's all-time heavyweight eccentrics - a bonafide 'demon of disorder'. The first book on the blackface tradition written by a leading musicologist, Demons of Disorder is an important achievement in music history and culture.

    • An interdisciplinary study of culture and music and sound
    • Much of the evidence is gathered from criminal court reports
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    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521568289
    • length: 258 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Blackface on the early American stage
    2. Blackface in the streets
    3. Jim Crow
    4. Zip Coon
    5. Old Dan Tucker.

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    Dale Cockrell, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee

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