I'm Feeling the Blues Right Now: Blues Tourism in the Mississippi Delta by Stephen A. King

I'm Feeling the Blues Right Now: Blues Tourism in the Mississippi Delta

byStephen A. King

Kobo ebook | June 1, 2011

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In I'm Feeling the Blues Right Now: Blues Tourism and the Mississippi Delta, Stephen A. King reveals the strategies used by blues promoters and organizers in Mississippi, both African American and white, local and state, to attract the attention of tourists. In the process, he reveals how promotional materials portray the Delta's blues culture and its musicians. Those involved in selling the blues in Mississippi work to promote the music while often conveniently forgetting the state's historical record of racial and economic injustice. King's research includes numerous interviews with blues musicians and promoters, chambers of commerce, local and regional tourism entities, and members of the Mississippi Blues Commission.

This book is the first critical account of Mississippi's blues tourism industry. From the late 1970s until 2000, Mississippi's blues tourism industry was fragmented, decentralized, and localized, as each community competed for tourist dollars. By 2003-2004, 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. 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.

Title:I'm Feeling the Blues Right Now: Blues Tourism in the Mississippi DeltaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2011Publisher:University Press of MississippiLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1617030112

ISBN - 13:9781617030116

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Editorial Reviews

"His chapters on the history of blues and the history of blues tourism in the Mississippi Delta are grounded in solid scholarship. Paradoxes and ambiguities inherent in the blues are especially evident within this history.... King's book is a good one. His writing conveys the deep understanding of a talented writer and scholar, who clearly understands the blues and appreciates its history in Mississippi."---Gregory Hansen, Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies