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

with Some sheet music & lyrics.

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The Boys in the Bands
Jelly Roll's piano made him a person of "some importance"
and "gained him admittance" at fifteen. The "jolly good fel­lows" who ran these palaces haggled for virgins, used them, then threw them into alleys where they were free to sit naked behind their crib doors available for twenty-five cents to any customer. "Fun" was a money-making word; the girls provided the "fun"; the madams, the pimps, the police, and the politi­cians collected the money. Heroin, sadism, assassination—any­thing went if you had the price.