The Scrapbook

Phil Pastras

in Dead Man Blues

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780520215238
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929739 | DOI:
The Scrapbook

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This chapter discusses the scrapbook of Jelly Roll Morton. It contains no internal evidence to prove definitively that Morton himself compiled it, but he is the most likely candidate for a number of reasons, which are also described in this chapter. The scrapbook is littered with evidence of Morton's craving for the attention he had once gotten. Suffering a New York winter must have put a tremendous strain on Morton's heart and must have made him remember rather wistfully the mild winters of Southern California. The story of Jack Ford and Jelly's legendary diamond is explained. The diamond appears to have been fated to disappear. No one knew who took it. Like most grave robbers, the person who stole it probably had no idea of its history and acted out of sheer greed.

Keywords: scrapbook; Jelly Roll Morton; New York; Southern California; Jack Ford; diamond

Chapter.  8560 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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