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The Resource Midnight at the Barrelhouse : the Johnny Otis story, George Lipsitz

Midnight at the Barrelhouse : the Johnny Otis story, George Lipsitz

Label
Midnight at the Barrelhouse : the Johnny Otis story
Title
Midnight at the Barrelhouse
Title remainder
the Johnny Otis story
Statement of responsibility
George Lipsitz
Title variation
Johnny Otis story
Creator
Contributor
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Considered by many to be the godfather of R & B, Johnny Otis musician, producer, artist, entrepreneur, pastor, disc jockey, writer, and tireless fighter for racial equality has had a remarkable life by any measure. In this first biography of Otis, George Lipsitz tells the largely unknown story of a towering figure in the history of African American music and culture who was, by his own description, black by persuasion. Born to Greek immigrant parents in Vallejo, California, in 1921, Otis grew up in an integrated neighborhood and identified deeply with black music and culture from an early age. He moved to Los Angeles as a young man and submerged himself in the city's vibrant African American cultural life, centered on Central Avenue and its thriving music scene. Otis began his six-decade career in music playing drums in territory swing bands in the 1930s. He went on to lead his own band in the 1940s and open the Barrelhouse nightclub in Watts. His R & B band had seventeen Top 40 hits between 1950 and 1969, including Willie and the Hand Jive. As a producer and A & R man, Otis discovered such legends as Etta James, Jackie Wilson, and Big Mama Thornton. Otis also wrote a column for the Sentinel, one of L.A.s leading black newspapers, became pastor of his own interracial church, hosted popular radio and television shows that introduced millions to music by African American artists, and was lauded as businessman of the year in a 1951 cover story in Negro Achievements magazine
  • Throughout his career Otis's driving passion has been his fearless and unyielding opposition to racial injustice, whether protesting on the front lines, exposing racism and championing the accomplishments of black Americans, or promoting African American musicians. Midnight at the Barrelhouse is a chronicle of a life rich in both incident and inspiration, as well as an exploration of the complicated nature of race relations in twentieth-century America. Otis's total commitment to black culture and transcendence of racial boundaries, Lipsitz shows, teach important lessons about identity, race, and power while encapsulating the contradictions of racism in American society
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 781.643092
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
ML419.O85
LC item number
L56 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Midnight at the Barrelhouse : the Johnny Otis story, George Lipsitz
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: There's a riot goin' on -- Central Avenue breakdown -- Double crossing blues -- Willie and the hand jive -- Listen to the lambs -- All night long -- Play Misty for me -- The Watts breakaway -- Midnight at the Barrelhouse -- Acknowledgments -- Testimony: In praise of Johnny Otis
Control code
317383493
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxi, 235 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780816666782
Lccn
2009012628
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. LeRoy Anthony Reaza's inscribed presentation copy to Marc Simmons, 23 April 2010. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)317383493
Label
Midnight at the Barrelhouse : the Johnny Otis story, George Lipsitz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: There's a riot goin' on -- Central Avenue breakdown -- Double crossing blues -- Willie and the hand jive -- Listen to the lambs -- All night long -- Play Misty for me -- The Watts breakaway -- Midnight at the Barrelhouse -- Acknowledgments -- Testimony: In praise of Johnny Otis
Control code
317383493
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxxi, 235 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780816666782
Lccn
2009012628
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Library's copy 1 (SW Writers): Purchased, 2015 (Access. No. 2015-026). Forms part of: Marc Simmons Library. LeRoy Anthony Reaza's inscribed presentation copy to Marc Simmons, 23 April 2010. With dust jacket.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)317383493

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