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Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues

Philip R. Ratcliffe


When Mississippi John Hurt (1892–1966) was “rediscovered” by blues revivalists in 1963, his musicianship and recordings transformed popular notions of prewar country blues. At seventy-one he moved to Washington, D.C., from Avalon, Mississippi, and became a live-wire connection to a powerful, authentic past. Hurt's intricate and lively style made him the most sought-after musician among the many talents the revival brought to light. This book provides this legendary creator's life story. The author traces Hurt's roots to the moment his mother Mary Jane McCain and his father Isom Hurt were freed ... More

Keywords: blues revivalists, prewar country blues, slavery, Avalon, Jerry Ricks, Pat Sky, Stefan Grossman, Max Ochs, Dick Spottswood, Mike Stewart

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781617030086
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617030086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip R. Ratcliffe, author