Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows.pdf
Henry T. Sampson is the author of several books on African-American culture, including Blacks in Black and White: A Source Book on Black Films, Second Edition (1995), That's Enough Folks: Black Images in Animated Cartoons, 1900-1960 (1998), and Swingin' on the Ether Waves: A Chronological History of African Americans in Radio and Television Programming, 1925-1955 (2005), all published by Scarecrow Press.
Preface Acknowledgments Chapter One: Early Black Musical Shows: Historical Overview Chapter Two: Pioneering Black Entrepreneurs in Show Business Chapter Three: Pioneer Black Show Producers Chapter Four: Famous Black Theatres Chapter Five: Reviews of Vaudeville, Tabloid, Road Shows, Burlesque and Negro Orchestra and Comment, 1900-1940 Chapter Six: Cabaret and Night Club Reviews Chapter Seven: Reviews of Negro Musical Comedy Shows 1910-1940 Chapter Eight: Black Musical Comedy Shows: Cast of Characters and Synopsis Chapter Nine: Negro Performers in Carnival, Exposition, Medicine, Circus Annex and Minstrel Shows: 1910-1940 Chapter Ten: Blacks in Blackface Appendix A: Partial List of Black Vaudeville, Road Shows, and Burlesque Acts Traveling over Major Theatrical Circuits 1910-1940 Appendix B: Theatre Owners Who Were Original Members of T.O.B.A. in 1920 Appendix C: Routings on the T. O. B. A. Circuit, October 1926 Appendix D: Partial List of Theatres Owned and Operated by Blacks, 1910-1930 Appendix E: Typical T. O. B. A. Show Contract of the Late 1920s Appendix F: Partial List of Acts Playing the S.H. Dudley Circuit, November 1914 Appendix G: Alphabetical List of Negro Musical Comedies and Tab Shows1910-1940 Appendix H: Thirty Songs Written by Black Composers Published by Pace and Handy Music Co. Inc. Appendix I: Partial List of Colored Fairs-1921 Appendix J: Partial List of U.S. Black Newspapers, 1900-1940 Index About the Author
Published in 1980, Blacks in Blackface was the first and most extensive book up to that time to deal exclusively with every aspect of all-Black musical comedies performed on the stage between 1910 and 1940. An invaluable resource for scholars and historians focused on African-American culture, this new edition features significantly revised, expanded, and new material. In Blacks in Blackface: A Sourcebook on Early Black Musical Shows, Henry T. Sampson provides an unprecedented wealth of information on legitimate musical comedies, including show synopses, casts, songs, and production credits. Sampson also recounts the struggles of Black performers and producers to overcome the racial prejudice of white show owners, music publishers, and theatre managers and booking agents to achieve adequate financial compensation for their talents and managerial expertise. Black producers and artists competed with white managers who were producing all-black shows and also with some white entertainers who were performing Black-developed music and dances, often in blackface. The expanded chapters in this volume include: *An overview of Black musical shows from the end of the Civil War through the golden years of the 1920s and '30s *New and expanded biographical sketches of performers *Detailed information about the first producers and owners of Black minstrel and musical comedy shows *Origins and background of several famous Black theatres *Profiles of African-American entrepreneurs and businessmen who provided the financial resources to build and own many of the Black theatres where these shows were performed *A chronicle of booking agencies and organized Black theatrical circuits, music publishing houses, and phonograph recording businesses *Critical commentary from African-American newspapers and show business publications *Hundreds of rare photographs of the period A comprehensive volume that covers all aspects of Black musical shows performed in theatres, nightclubs, circuses, and medicine shows, this edition of Blacks in Blackface can be used as a reference for serious scholars and researchers of Black show business in the United States before 1940. More than double the size of the previous edition, this useful resource will also appeal to the casual reader who is interested in learning more about early Black entertainment.