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Geechie Wiley: An Exploration of Enigmatic Virtuosity

Abstract The name of Geechie Wiley has surfaced only rarely since 1931, when she recorded her second session with the Paramount Company in Grafton, WI. A few scholars including Paul Oliver and Greil Marcus unearthed and promoted her music and called for further research on this enigmatic figure. In other publications, Wiley is frequently given only passing mention in long lists of talented female blues singer-guitarists, or briefly discussed in descriptions of songsters. Her music is lauded in the liner notes of the myriad compilation albums that have re-released her recordings. However, prior to this study, Marcus's three-page profile is the longest work written about Wiley; other contributions range between one sentence and two paragraphs in l... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Cordeiro, Annemarie Youell (Author) / Norton, Kay (Advisor) / Mook, Richard (Committee member) / Sunkett, Mark (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Music / blues / female blues musicians / songsters
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 129 pages
Language English
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Note M.A. Music 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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