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Oliver, Paul 1927-2017

Works: 129 works in 853 publications in 6 languages and 18,842 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  Jazz  Interviews  Discographies  Encyclopedias  History  Music  Biography  Bibliography  Songs and music 
Roles: Author, Editor, Compiler, zxx, Other, Illustrator, Honoree
Classifications: ML3561.J3, 781.64309
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Paul Oliver
Most widely held works by Paul Oliver
The story of the blues by Paul Oliver( Book )

66 editions published between 1969 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 1,764 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Blues fell this morning : meaning in the blues by Paul Oliver( Book )

63 editions published between 1960 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,446 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The New Grove gospel, blues, and jazz, with spirituals and ragtime by Paul Oliver( Book )

36 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The chapters of this book are in roughly chronological sequence: Spirituals, Blues, Gospel, Ragtime, and Jazz. The first three are by Paul Oliver, whose New Grove entry on the Blues is widely regarded as the definitive brief history of the genre. He has revised and expanded it for this book publication and, in addition, has extended the coverage of his essays on Spirituals in The New Grove to discuss both black and white traditions. Similarly, Oliver has revised and recast his coverage of Gospel music, which has been considerably expanded. Max Harrison's long entry on Jazz, which has also been extended, draws together the separate strands of the book to discuss the concept of Jazz as a matrix of mutually influential folk and popular styles. William Bolcom's short and definitive article on Ragtime has been revised, and all the bibliographies have been updated to include new and important works."--Back cover
Conversation with the blues by Paul Oliver( Book )

36 editions published between 1945 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 896 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Transcribed from field tape-recording."
Barrelhouse blues : location recording and the early traditions of the blues by Paul Oliver( )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 869 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the 1920s, Southern record companies ventured to cities like Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans, where they set up primitive recording equipment in makeshift studios. They brought in street singers, medicine show performers, pianists from the juke joints and barrelhouses. The music that circulated through Southern work camps, prison farms, and vaudeville shows would be lost to us if it hadn't been captured on location by these performers and recorders. Blues historian Paul Oliver uncovers these folk traditions and the circumstances under which they were recorded, rescuing the forefathers of the blues who were lost before they even had a chance to be heard. --From publisher's description
Dwellings : the house across the world by Paul Oliver( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 1990 in English and held by 821 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

There is an essential relationship between people and their buildings which has its most intimate expression in the house
Shelter in Africa by Paul Oliver( Book )

25 editions published between 1971 and 1978 in English and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Presents a collection of writings by architects and planners who have made studies in many parts of Africa, anthropologists who have worked with tribal societies, and a number of contributors who are native to the communities and peoples they discuss ... discusses population distribution, linguistic areas, and natural resources that effect building types and planning forms ... regional discussion also provides comparisons among different construction techniques within the tradition and leads to an examination of change occasioned by urbanization"--Dustjacket
Shelter and society by Paul Oliver( Book )

30 editions published between 1969 and 1978 in English and held by 810 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shelter, sign & symbol( Book )

18 editions published between 1975 and 1980 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Yonder come the blues : the evolution of a genre by Paul Oliver( Book )

11 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 694 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book combines three influential and much-quoted books: Savannah Syncopators; Blacks, Whites and Blues and Recording the Blues. Updated with additional new essays, the book discusses the crucial early development of the blues as a music of Blacks in the United States, explaining some of the most significant factors that shaped this music. Together, these three texts emphasize the significance of the African heritage, the mutuality of much white and black music and the role of recording in consolidating the blues, thus demonstrating the importance of these formative elements in its complex but combined socio-musical history. Redressing some of the misconceptions that persist in writing on African-American music, this book will be essential reading for all enthusiasts of blues, jazz and country music and will be important for students of African-American studies and music, popular music and popular culture
Songsters and saints : vocal traditions on race records by Paul Oliver( Book )

9 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this innovatory book the celebrated writer on the blues, Paul Oliver, rediscovers the wealth of neglected vocal traditions presented on Race records. When blues first reached a large audience it was through the 'Race records' issued specifically for black purchasers in the 1920s. Blues South have been extensively discussed by many writers. Paul Oliver shows that this emphasis has drawn attention away from the other important vocal traditions also available on Race records: the songs of Southern rural dances, the comic and social songs and ballads of the medicine shows and travelling entertainments, and, even more neglected, the sacred vocal traditions, from the song-sermons of the Baptist and Sanctified preachers to the gospel songs of the church congregations and of the 'jack-leg' preachers and street evangelists. Over 500 artists and 700 song titles are indexed and there is a guide to reissued recordings
Savannah syncopators by Paul Oliver( Book )

20 editions published between 1970 and 1974 in English and Undetermined and held by 648 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aspects of : the blues tradition by Paul Oliver( Book )

14 editions published between 1968 and 1970 in English and held by 640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A fascination study of the richest vein of black folk music in America." --
Dwellings : the vernacular house world wide by Paul Oliver( Book )

22 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 597 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Dwellings is an essential record of domestic buildings by indigenous groups that still exist and thrive in the world today, as well as others that are sadly under threat or disappearing. It is also a useful survey for understanding how different communities cope with issues that affect everyone who builds, eg. climate, migration, as well as symbolic or cultural meaning in architecture." "Since its first publication in 1987, Dwellings: The House Across the World has been the classic reference to the world's informal domestic architecture. This new book, Dwellings: The Vernacular House World Wide takes into account further scholarship in the field and also acknowledges theoretical developments in the areas of cultural geography, gender studies, sociology and anthropology. Each narrative chapter is highly illustrated with drawing and photographs, largely by the author from his research field trips over many years. For architects and students, and for those involved in historical research, or the field of vernacular architecture, it is an informative document of the ways in which houses are constructed, decorated and inhabited around the world."--Jacket
Encyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world( Book )

18 editions published between 1997 and 2007 in English and held by 498 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Divided into three volumes, the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture is a basic resource for this new area of study. As stated in Oliver's introduction "Vernacular architecture is now the term most widely used to denote indigenous, tribal, folk, peasant, and traditional architecture." Volume 1 discusses broad concepts such as 'typologies', 'symbolism and decoration', 'environment' and 'materials and building resources'. Volumes 2 and 3 survey vernacular architecture worldwide, arranged by continent followed by region. Both secular and sacred structures are included in this encyclopedia.The structures and building methods discussed are considered within their particular social and environmental context, disregarding political divisions where appropriate. This encyclopedia also provides line drawings, photographs and some architectural plans. [BQP 2/7/02; MJR 2/12/02]
Jazz : new perspectives on the history of jazz by Nat Hentoff( Book )

1 edition published in 1974 in English and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broadcasting the blues : black blues in the segregation era by Paul Oliver( Book )

12 editions published between 2005 and 2014 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Broadcasting the Blues: Black Blues in the Segregation Era is based on Paul Oliver's award-winning radio broadcasts from the BBC that were created over several decades. It traces the social history of the blues in America, from its birth in the rural South through the heyday of sound recordings. Noted blues scholar Paul Oliver draws on decades of research and personal interviews with performers--some of whom he ""discovered"" and recorded for the first time--to draw a picture of how the blues aesthetic developed, giving new insights into the role blues played in American s
Bessie Smith by Paul Oliver( Book )

23 editions published between 1959 and 1971 in 3 languages and held by 426 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The meaning of the blues by Paul Oliver( Book )

29 editions published between 1960 and 1972 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A definitive study in breadth and depth of the themes, backgrounds, imagery and motivation of the blues."--NY Times Book Review
Built to meet needs : cultural issues in vernacular architecture by Paul Oliver( Book )

18 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A unique insight from the foremost authority in the field of vernacular architecture
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Blues fell this morning : meaning in the blues
Blues fell this morning : meaning in the bluesThe New Grove gospel, blues, and jazz, with spirituals and ragtimeConversation with the bluesBarrelhouse blues : location recording and the early traditions of the bluesYonder come the blues : the evolution of a genreSongsters and saints : vocal traditions on race recordsDwellings : the vernacular house world wideEncyclopedia of vernacular architecture of the world
Alternative Names
Hereford Oliver, Paul 1927-

Hereford Oliver, Paul 1927-2017

Oliver, Paul

Oliver, Paul, 1927-

Oliver, Paul Hereford 1927-

Oliver, Paul Hereford 1927-2017

Paul Oliver

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Paul Oliver englischer Architekturtheoretiker und Blues-Forscher

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