My dissertation investigates black blues, jazz, and gospel singers’ interactions with early recording and playback technologies at the beginning of the 20th century. As a measure of output, the project considers the ways literature and media then reflect those interactions. Expected completion date: March 2020

[Image Caption: Promo photo of Memphis Minnie, early 20th century country blues singer, pioneering blues guitarist, and prolific recording star, holding a guitar while sitting on a stool and smiling]