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Mellows: A Chronicle of Unknown Singers

MLA citation style

Persons, Simmons, and 1877-1941 Kennedy. Mellows: A Chronicle of Unknown Singers. Albert and Charles Boni. 1925. Retrieved from the Atla Digital Library, https://library.soundingspirit.org/volume/mellow-1925a/page/mellow-1925a-0001.jpg.

APA citation style

Persons, S., & Kennedy, 1. (1925). Mellows: A Chronicle of Unknown Singers. Retrieved from the Atla Digital Library, https://library.soundingspirit.org/volume/mellow-1925a/page/mellow-1925a-0001.jpg.

Chicago citation style

Persons, Simmons, and 1877-1941 Kennedy. Mellows: A Chronicle of Unknown Singers. Albert and Charles Boni. 1925. Retrieved from the Atla Digital Library, https://library.soundingspirit.org/volume/mellow-1925a/page/mellow-1925a-0001.jpg.

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  • Writer and collector Robert Emmett Kennedy (1877–1941) built a career reproducing the black music and storytelling traditions he encountered in his hometown of Gretna, Louisiana, for white audiences. A first-generation Irish American pianist and vocalist, Kennedy’s 1924 Black Cameos was his first compilation of African American material. Published the following year, Mellows contains both spirituals and secular pieces that Kennedy collected at black community events across the New Orleans area. Kennedy later performed “Negro recitals” in both Louisiana and New York. These salon performances interspersed repertoire from Mellows with dialect monologues and art music. When performing in Louisiana, Kennedy often conscripted African American residents of communities near his hometown for performances that drew on the racist tropes of amateur ethnography and minstrelsy to dramatize the power dynamics of the South’s slaveholding legacies.
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  • 31 x 24 cm
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  • No Copyright - United States. The organization that has made the Item available believes that the Item is in the Public Domain under the laws of the United States, but a determination was not made as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. The Item may not be in the Public Domain under the laws of other countries. Please refer to the organization that has made the Item available for more information. https://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/