About the Author
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Chapter 1 The Narrative Blues Tradition 25
Tall Tales, Myths, and Black American Folklore
Chapter 2 Shug, Big Mama, and Amy 67
Autobiographical Fictions and Addictions
Chapter 3 "I Was Astounded at What I Heard" 109
Robert Johnson's Autobiographical and Biographical Afterlives
Chapter 4 From John Anthony Gillis to Jack White 143
A Study in Blues Self-Invention
Chapter 5 The Blues Apprenticeship 183
Racialized Conventions of the Acolyte
What People are Saying About This
The perspective Mack offers on blues mythology is fresh and compelling. Fictional Blues is well-researched, engaging, clear, confident, and important.
Mack provides a complex mapping of American blues music to investigate the work it does as a multifaceted cultural trope, from its inception in the Jim Crow South to its global dissemination in the twenty-first century. Fictional Blues is certain to make an impact in African American studies, along with American literary and cultural studies writ large.