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Blues Correspondence Courses

Learn about the blues with a correspondence course

from "Mississippi" Max Haymes

1. "Towards a Deeper Understanding of the Blues"

From the beginnings c. 17th Century up to 1942, including oral transmission process via logging camps, Mobile Bay, and from the British Isles via sea shanties, music hall, ballads, etc.

For more information contact Max on 01524 389314

2. "Just Got To Ride"

Transportation and the blues, from long-eared mules, via flatboats to steamboats, the railroads to the highways, the Greyhound bus and the Vee Eight Ford.

For more information contact Max on 01524 389314

3. "Got My Mojo Working"

Hoodoo and the blues, including voodoo origins, hoodoo doctors, the meaning of the mojo hand, how to get a black cat bone and featuring  the crossroads at midnight.

For more information contact Max on 01524 389314

4. "I Want It Awful Bad"

Sexuality in the blues, includes animal and culinary symbolism, origins of hokum blues, attitudes between the sexes, role of double, single!, entendre, etc.

For more information contact Max on 01524 389314

5. "I'm a Travelin' Woman - I Got A Travelin' Mind"

Women's blues from the slave ships to 1942, including the role of women in ante-bellum South, after the Civil War on down to Post-Reconstruction Era and early 20th century, platform vendors and 'passenger train women', voodoo queens, prostitutes, their pimps and brothels, roles of female singers in working class black communities in 1920s and 30s, children and extended families in earlier black societies, etc.

For more information contact Max on 01524 389314

6. "I Wrote the Blues, I'm Gonna Sing Them as I Please"

The world of the blues according to the early singers, drawing on urban and rural/agricultural environments, various sources of poetry in the blues, philosophical/psychological aspects of the genre - "got caught in a rain of soup an' ain't got nothin' but a fork!"

For more information contact Max on 01524 389314

7. "Mr. Undertaker, Please Fry Your Ham An' Eggs Slow"

Attitudes to death by the blues singer from "you're gonna need somebody on your bond", through "t'ain't no heaven-ain't no burin' hell" to "throw my buddy Jesse in the hoodoo wagon", featuring the "Dying Crapsooter's Blues" and Stack o' Lee's takeover from Satan, etc.

For more information contact Max on 01524 389314

All course material Copyright 2000 Max Haymes. All rights reserved.

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