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. The Early Years

. The Early Years

From Slavery to Freedom

Chapter:
(p.3) 1. The Early Years
Source:
Mississippi John Hurt
Author(s):
Philip R. Ratcliffe
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030086.003.0001

This chapter describes Mississippi John Hurt's family background and early years. Topics covered include Hurt's slave ancestors; his birth on March 8, 1892, the last of ten children born to Isom and Mary Jane Hurt; his early musical influences; his childhood years; his first guitar; the music he played; his marriage to Gertrude in 1916; and the discovery of Mississippi John Hurt.

Keywords:   African American musicians, black musicians, Mississippi John Hurt

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