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Dead Man Blues: Jelly Roll Morton Way Out West

Phil Pastras


When Ferdinand “Jelly Roll” Morton sat at the piano in the Library of Congress in May of 1938 to begin his monumental series of interviews with Alan Lomax, he spoke of his years on the West Coast with great nostalgia. He had arrived in Los Angeles more than twenty years earlier, but he recounted his losses as vividly as though they had occurred just recently. The greatest loss was his separation from Anita Gonzales, by his own account “the only woman I ever loved,” to whom he left almost all of his royalties in his will. This book sets the record straight on the two periods (1917–1923 and 1940 ... More

Keywords: Alan Lomax, Anita Gonzales, early jazz, memorabilia, racial identity, voodoo, performance style, black music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520215238
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520215238.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Phil Pastras, author