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Boom's BluesMusic, Journalism, and Friendship in Wartime$
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Wim Verbei

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496805119

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496805119.001.0001

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“Slang” for Snakes

“Slang” for Snakes

(p.21) “Slang” for Snakes
Boom's Blues

Wim Verbei

University Press of Mississippi

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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