This book is the first critical account of Mississippi's blues tourism industry. From the late s until , Mississippi's blues tourism industry was fragmented, decentralized, and localized, as each community competed for tourist dollars. By , with the creation of the Mississippi Blues Commission, the promotion of the blues became more centralized as state government played an increasing role in promoting Mississippi's blues heritage.
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Blues tourism has the potential to generate new revenue in one of the poorest states in the country, repair the state's public image, and serve as a vehicle for racial reconciliation. King, Cleveland, Mississippi, is professor and coordinator of communication studies and theater arts at Delta State University. In the process, he reveals how promotional I'm Feeling the Blues Right Now: Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.
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A very good study of the comidification of the blues in the Mississippi Delta involving myth building and the search for authenticity. Who profits and who doesn't. I thought this would be an intriguing book on the history of blues tourism in Mississippi but I was very disappointed in this book.
The author does give a nice summary of the history of blues tourism, which saves this from being a one-star rating. His research is all anecdotal to support his main thesis that those promoting the blues are racists and deliberately whitewashing the arduous lives most blues musicians lived.
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Those who failed to recognize value in the blues in the past were racist. Those who now promote the blues are also racist. The owners of the Shack Up Inn are racists as well.
Laughably, he calls the Shack Up Inn one of the most controversial elements of blues tourism. What the author fails to mention is blues fans tend to more liberal on average but this fact doesn't fit well with his paradigm. The author also goes to great lengths to prove the blues were not "born" in Mississippi. Most people already know the blues have origins in other parts of the south including southern Missouri so he's not uncovering anything new; although, he devotes a large number of pages in making this argument.
I'm Feeling the Blues Right Now
Blues tourism would be a great topic for objective research but the author views everything related to the topic through his liberal prism of racism. Feedback If you need help or have a question for Customer Service, contact us. Would you like to report poor quality or formatting in this book? Click here Would you like to report this content as inappropriate? Click here Do you believe that this item violates a copyright?
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