Been Here and Gone (Brown Thrasher Books) (Paperback)

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This volume documents Frederic Ramsey Jr.'s journeys through the 1950s South, where he traveled in search of what might still remain of an original, authentic African American musical tradition.

In these photographs, songs, interviews, and narratives, Ramsey portrays farmers, railroad workers, housewives, children, church congregations, and country brass bands from Saratoga, Florida, to New Orleans, Louisiana. Ramsey's images of a past way of life capture the deceptively poor landscapes and lives that gave birth to and sustained some of our warmest and most deeply felt music.

About the Author


FREDERIC RAMSEY JR. (1915-1995), a writer, historian, jazz expert, and musicologist who specialized in African American culture, was one of the first major jazz scholars. He traveled throughout the South recording traditional music and photographing the lives and landscapes of the people he met.

Praise For…


"A journey of profound love and a terrible urgency . . . an altogether lovely and loving book."--Studs Terkel, Chicago Times

"A vividly human documentary."--Los Angeles Times

Strikingly honest and simple . . . Penetrate[s] into the heart of the blues."--Nat Hentoff, Esquire



Product Details
ISBN: 9780820321950
ISBN-10: 0820321958
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: March 29th, 2000
Pages: 192
Language: English
Series: Brown Thrasher Books