The Ballad of Blind Tom: America's Lost Musical Genius (BOK)

Deidre O'Connell

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Born into slavery in Georgia, Tom Wiggins died an international celebrity in New York in 1908. His life was one of the most bizarre and moving episodes in American history. Blind and presumably autistic - and so unable to work with the other slaves - Tom was left to his own devices. He was mesmerized by the music of his owner's young daughters, and by the time he was four Tom was playing tunes on the piano. Eventually freed from slavery, Blind Tom toured the country and the world, playing on one occasion for huge crowds and private audiences, for celebrities and royalty - and dazzling audiences everywhere. Part genius and part novelty act, Blind Tom embodied contradictions - a star and a freak, freed from slavery but still the property of his white guardian. His life grants us a prism through which we can see into the culture of celebrity and racism at the turn of the twentieth century. In this rollicking, heartrending, and insightful book, O'Connell takes us through the life (and four separate deaths) of Blind Tom Wiggins, restoring to the modern reader this unusual yet quintessentially American life.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2009 Forfatter Deidre O'Connell
ISBN 9780715638378
Antall sider 272 Dimensjoner 15,2cm x 22,9cm x 2,9cm
Vekt 506 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups, Biography: arts & entertainment, Keyboard instruments