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Blind Tom, the Black Pianist-Composer (1849-1908): Continually Enslaved
Blind Tom was the stage name of Thomas Greene Wiggins, a blind black pianist born into slavery in 1849. Noted by many musical authorities to be a musician of amazing skill, expressive playing, and incredible memory, he was nonetheless considered by his "admirers" still nearer to "animals" than other human beings, and was exploited by a series of whites after the Civil War ...more
Published September 1st 2002 by Scarecrow Press
(first published April 30th 1999)
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I was looking forward to reading Blind Tom, the Black Pianist-Composer: Continually Enslaved by Geneva H. Southall. It's important that musicians of color from the 1800s are included in the Western Music History Canon. Unfortunately, I feel that this account has left a lot to be desired. It reads more as a timeline than a cohesive narrative. Southall does mention that there are not many accounts other than newspaper clippings, but one can only read newspaper announcements so long. I think this ...more