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“Slang” for Snakes

“Slang” for Snakes

Chapter:
(p.21) “Slang” for Snakes
Source:
Boom's Blues
Author(s):
Wim Verbei
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.003.0005

This chapter focuses on Frans Boom as an avid collector of blues records and his correspondence with publicist, jazz critic, and musicologist Will Gilbert. By the end of 1940, an exchange of information arose between the expert Gilbert and the eight-years-younger Boom. The basis of their relationship was their mutual love of music. Gilbert was knowledgeable about things in which Boom was interested. Boom in turn had at his disposal an extensive collection of song texts that Gilbert could draw upon for his work as a publicist. Both of them sounded out the possibilities their relationship afforded. In the months that followed, at the beginning of 1941, Boom slowly extended his contact with Gilbert, both in terms of intensity and content.

Keywords:   Frans Boom, African American blues, blues music, record collection, Will Gilbert

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