This rollicking demimonde drove the development of an energetic dance music that would soon span the world. The Virginia Minstrels, Juba, Stephen Foster, Irving Berlin and his hit "Alexander's Ragtime Band," and the Original Dixieland Jass Band all played a part in popularizing startling new sounds.
Musicologist Dale Cockrell recreates this ephemeral underground world by mining tabloids, newspapers, court records of police busts, lurid exposes, journals, and the reports of undercover detectives working for social-reform organizations, who were sent in to gather evidence against such low-life places. Everybody's Doin' It illuminates the how, why, and where of America's popular music and its buoyant journey from the dangerous Five Points of downtown to the interracial black and tans of Harlem.
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About the Author
Jonathan Todd Ross has narrated over 120 audiobooks across a wide variety of genres. An Audie Award winner, he is also the recipient of numerous YALSA and AudioFile Earphones Awards. Jonathan loves narrating all genres, bringing the author's words to audio-life.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Libertines, Blackface Minstrels, and the Small-Potatoe Humbug 7
Chapter 2 Asmodeus, Juba, and Blood on Fire 27
Chapter 3 The Wickedest Man, the Pugilist, and Pretty Waiter Girls 45
Chapter 4 The Bishop, Comstock, and Juvenile Delinquents 65
Chapter 5 Dives, Cornets, and the Cancan Out-Paris-ed in New York 85
Chapter 6 Ragtime, Spieling, and Leapfrogging for the Reverend 105
Chapter 7 Tough Dancing, White Slavery, and "Just Tell Them That You Saw Me" 129
Chapter 8 C XIV, Alleged Music, and Superlatively Rotten Dances 155
Epilogue: Reflections 199
Appendix 1 Songs Identified by Committee of Fourteen Agents, 1913-1917 213
Appendix 2 "Cock Eyed Reilly" 215
Appendix 3 The People &c. Against Wallace W. Sweeney 217