The Devil in Blues, Ragtime, and Jazz

by Garin G. Webb

Bibliography and References

(“www” = accessible on the Internet)

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1 Kirk-Duggan, p. 28

2 Faulkner, pp. 16-34

3 Ernest Newman, London Sunday Times, as quoted in Time, 8:12 (Sept. 20, 1926), p. 19

4 Leo Oehmler, “Ragtime: A Pernicious Evil and Enemy of True Art” in The Musical Observer, as quoted in Leonard, pp. 105-106

5 Edward Baxter Perry in Jazz, Ken Burns, dir. vol.1, film, 2000

6 Ferris, p. 11

7 Michael Ventura, Hear That Long Snake Moan” in L. A. Weekly, as quoted in DeSalvo, p. 52

8 Loc. cit. Author’s quote.

9 Robert Johnson, “Cross Roads Blues,” Youtube

10 DeSalvo, 2006, Loc. cit.

11 Loc. cit.

12 Lomax, p. 15

13 John Szwed, as quoted in Ogren, p. 112

14 Loc. cit.

15 Branford Marsalis, in Ken Burns’ Jazz

16 Snooky Pryor, “I Started the Big Noise Around Chicago,” Living Blues 26 (5):11 Jim O’Neal, Steve Wisner, and David Nelson. As quoted by Gussow

17 Ibid.

18 W. C. Handy as quoted in Gussow.

19 Blesh and Janis, pp. 128-130

20 Letter to the editor, New York Herald, Paris edition (Paris, 1913)

21 Leo Oehmler, “Ragtime: A Pernicious Evil and Enemy of True Art,” as quoted in Leonard, pp. 105-106

22 “Canon Assails Our New Dances,” New York Times, Aug. 25, 1913, p. 3; “Canon Newboldt’s Warning,” editorial, New York Times, Aug. 26, 1913, p. 8, as quoted in Leonard

23 New York Times editorial, as quoted in Leonard pp. 110 & 111

24 Ibid. Leo Oehmler, p. 107

25 Gioia, p. 131

26 Canon Newboldt, as quoted in Leonard, pp. 110-111

27 Unnamed source, Literary Digest Sept 3, 1927, as quoted in Ogren, p. 145

28 Daniel Gregory Mason, “Stravinsky as a Symptom,” American Mercury, as quoted in Ogren, p. 155

29 Anderson, pp. 135-145

30 Faulkner, pp. 16-34

31 Loc. cit.

32 Mrs. Max Obendorfer, Ladies Home Journal, as quoted in Ogren, p. 156

33 Walter Kingsley, New York Sun, 1917, as quoted in Osgood.

34 Max Jones, as quoted in Cohen, p. 121

35 Plays and Pictures column, New Statesman July 22, 1933 as cited in Cohen, p. 117

36 Pearson’s Weekly, as quoted in Cohen, p. 121

37 Unidentified author; in Cohen, p. 128

38 Lloyd S. Thompson, “Ellington’s Band Scores Big Hit on Stage at Orpheum,” San Francisco Examiner, as quoted in Cohen, p. 128.

39 Ibid., p. 54

40 Ibid., Howard Johnson, p. 54

41 Ibid., Duke Ellington, p. 55

42 Frank Damrosch, Etude Magazine (August, 1924) as quoted in Walser, p. 44

43 Kirk-Duggan, p. 86

44 Loc. cit.

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