Writings Focused on the Bones

Barber, Sue Ellen. "The Bones: Ancient to Modern." Published as web page at http://www.rhythmbones.com/ancient.html

Gross, Pam. "Playing the Bones." Mother Earth News. March/April 1982. pp. 62-63.

Holmes, Rebecca B. "Percy Danforth-- 'Mr. Bones'." Mugwumps. Vol. 5, No. 4, Jan-Apr 1977. pp. 14-15.

Lenz, Beth. The Bones in the United States: History and Performance Practice. M.A. Thesis, University of Michigan, 1989.

McDowell. "Bones and the Man: Toward a History of Bones Playing." Journal of American Culture. Vol 5, No. 1, Spring 1982.

Sing Out!. v. 37 no. 2, Aug.-Oct. 1992.

"Teach-in: rhythm bones." Sing Out. July-August v29, 1983. p. 16.

Writings that Contain Material on the Bones

Blades, James. Percussion Instruments and their History. New York: Frederick A. Praeger, 1970.

Blesh, Rudi. They All Played Ragtime. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950.

Buchner, Alexander. Musical Instruments Through the Ages. London: Batchworth Press Limited, 1961.

-------- Musical Instruments: An Illustrated History. New York: Crown, 1973.

Courlander, Harold. Negro Folk Music, USA. New York and London: Columbia University Press, 1963.

Edgerly, Beatrice. From the Hunter's Bow. New York: G.P. Putnam and Sons, 1942.

Fox, Lilla M. Instruments of Popular Music. London: Lutterworth Press, 1966.

Galpin, Canon Francis W. Old English Instruments of Music. London: Methuen and Co. Limited, 1910.

George, Zelma Watson. A Guide to Negro Music. PhD Thesis for New York Univ. 1953.

Hughes, Langston and Meltzer, Milton. Black Magic. Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Prentice Hall, 1967.

Johnson, James Weldon. Black Manhattan. N.Y.: Alfred A. Knopf, 1930.

Kirby, Percival R. The Musical Instruments of the Native Races of South Africa. Johannesburg: Witwatersrand Univ. Press, 1934.

Loesser, Arthur. Humor in American Song. N.Y. Howell, Soskin Puplishers, 1942.

Lovell, John Jr. Black Song: The Forge and the Flame. N.Y. MacMillan, 1972.

Marcuse, Sybil. Musical Instruments, A Comprehensive Dictionary. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday and Co. 1964.

Matteo. "Woods that Dance." Dance Perspectives. No. 33, Spring 1968. Nathan, Hans. Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy. Norman, OK. Univ. Of OK Press, 1962.

Paskman, Daley and Speath, Sigmund. Gentleman, Be Seated!. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday, Doran and Co. 1928.

Rice, Edward Leroy. Monarchs of Minstrelsy. N.Y. Kenny Pub. Co. 1911.

Scarborough, Dorthy. On the Trail of Negro Folk Songs. Cambridge: Harvard Univ. Press, 1925.

Sachs, Curt. The History of Musical Instruments. N.Y. W.W. Norton, 1940.

Toll, Robert C. Blacking Up: The Minstrel Show in Nineteenth Century America. N.Y. Oxford Univ. Press, 1974.

Von Hornbostel, Eric and Sachs, Curt. "The Classification of Musical Instruments." Galpin Society Journal. #14, 1961.

White, Newman I. American Negro Folk Songs. Harboro, PA. Folklore Associates, Inc. 1928.

Wittke, Carl. Tambo and Bones. Durham, N.C. Duke Univ. Press, 1930.

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