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Mississippi John HurtHis Life, His Times, His Blues$
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Philip R. Ratcliffe

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617030086

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617030086.001.0001

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. The Early Years

. The Early Years

From Slavery to Freedom

(p.3) 1. The Early Years
Mississippi John Hurt

Philip R. Ratcliffe

University Press of Mississippi

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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