The cover of Elijah Wald's book "Jelly Roll Blues: Censored Songs and Hidden Histories." (Courtesy Hachette Books)

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Elijah Wald uncovers the censored world of early jazz in 'Jelly Roll Blues'

The author and musician examines how ribald rhymes heard in fields, jails and queer-friendly underground parties in the early 20th century were buried for decades by folklorists and record companies who were either uninterested or simply not allowed to collect and issue such material.


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