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Adam Gussow — Beyond The Crossroads. University Of North Carolina Pr ess. They spent years busking on a street corner in Harlem, eventually releasing two albums on the Flying Fish label and taking their music to stages throughout the world.

Currently an associate professor of English and southern studies at the University of Mississippi, Gussow also teaches harmonica and pairs with guitarist Alan Gross in the Blues Doctors duo. Early attempts were made to counteract the fiddle, which could, in the right hands, whip people into a dancing frenzy.

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The focus then shifted to the guitar players once that instrument began to gain prominence. Money that was spent carousing on Friday and Saturday nights was money that would not find its way into the collection plate on Sunday morning. The pastors turned to fire and brimstone, calling out the devil lurking in blues music, hoping to save souls and their financial future.


Listeners are left to guess which form of the devil she is referring to — or perhaps the devil figure represents an over-riding sense of despair. The early blues musicians had to be careful with the lyrics and imagery they used in songs so as not to offend ghssow part guzsow the white power structure in the rural South.

The author provides guidance for determining meaning beyond the superficial layer songs may present at first hearing. But the devil image also enabled the musicians to boast of their own power, sexuality, and freedom in a way that escaped crossroadsblhes.

Adam Gussow’s “Crossroads” for harmonica: themes and variations

The final section will certainly generate plenty of discussion. The author asserts that it was guitarist Ike Zimmerman, not Legba, who mentored his young protege, turning him into a guitar master after many late night sessions conducted in a local graveyard.

Finally, he looks at crossroadsblufs successful branding of the Crossroads theme by the city of Clarksdale in a concerted croasroadsblues to establish the area as the center of blues tourism in the Mississippi Delta region. Also included are extensive Notes and Bibliography sections plus eight pages in chronological order listing blues songs with a devil theme. Readers will be compelled to revisit some classic tunes to hear the songs with fresh ears, ready to garner new meanings based on the many forms of the devil illuminated in this work.


Gussow for attempting to get us out of our gsusow comfort zones, and for providing readers with well-researched concepts that invite us to do more than just listen to the music. Please follow and like us: Previous Post Previous Issue 51 December 21,