Jelly Roll Morton, Inventor Of Jazz, Online Book by Alan Lomax

with Some sheet music & lyrics.

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The Blue Book, a directory of the tenderloin, printed for the convenience of tourists and on sale at Storyville bars for twenty-five cents, carried ads from every madam of reputation. "Read what this little booklet has to say/' the editor suggests with candor and modesty, "and if you don't get a 2-1 shot it ain't the author's fault." While The Blue Book can no longer guide us directly to guaranteed satisfaction, a few excerpts reveal the purlieu where Jelly Roll got his standards and his purple prose.