Journals Higher Education



Published: 15 August 2008

320 Pages | 19 halftones

6.14 X 9.21 inches

ISBN: 9780195372182

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That Moaning Saxophone

The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze

Bruce Vermazen

  • Argues the controversial thesis that the Six Brown Brothers really did start the saxophone craze
  • Explores the exciting world of pre-jazz American music, an often unexamined facet of American popular music
  • Filled with lively and detailed descriptions of long-forgotten minstrel shows, circuses, vaudeville presentations, Broadway revues, and other entertainment spectacles of a neglected era
  • Gives fascinating detail about the business side of show business
  • Contains a sustained discussion of the use of blackface in minstrelsy
  • There is an extremely dedicated fan base for vintage ragtime. There are also high profile fans: Woody Allen, Terry Zwigoff (director of movie Ghost World), cartoonist R. Crumb, and Vince Girodano and the Nighthawks. Should also be of strong interest to sax players
  • Four children of the Six Brown Brothers are still alive, ranging in age from late 70s to early 90s

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