The “Blues” as Folk-Songs – Interview with W.C. Handy

Posted: July 3, 2012 in Definitions, Dorothy Scarborough, History, W. C. Handy

Author: Dorothy Scarborough

Source: Coffee in the Gourd, Frank Dobie, 1923



Dorothy Scarborough (1878 – 1935) was an American writer who wrote about Texas, folk culture, cotton farming, ghost stories and women’s life in the South-West.

She developed a keen interest in the ‘authentic’ songs of the African-American, which she believed to be in danger because of the new technologies of radio and recording.

In this text, published in 1923, she interviews W.C. Handy on the blues. Read it HERE.


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