Please be advised, … this website is not intended to offend, insult or defame any person, persons, or groups or persons, in any means, or in any manner, whatsoever. However, it is absolutely impossible to archive the original sheet music of this particular musical period without also confronting the horrid terminology of its day; terminology which was promoted, embraced and tolerated by composers, entertainers and aficionados alike, be they black, white or in between.
Should you feel unable to look beyond the offensive terminology of the day, such as “coon”, “shine”, “nigger”, “darkie” and the like, then you just may find it too emotionally difficult to digest the historical content cataloged by the editors of this website.
And yes, that really is a shame, … because you might also be too bothered to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, or the Whitney Plantation as well. But the real truth of the matter is, we must all be willing to face (and digest) our horrific past in order to help ensure a better tomorrow for those generations who will most assuredly follow.
Now, if we’ve already offended you, we sincerely apologize and we genuinely wish you well.
But for those who choose to read on, do be advised, this site exists solely to provide an educational and historical reflection of a horrid musical practice which existed primarily between 1880 and 1930 in the United States, as well as in other English-speaking nations across the globe.
This scholarly undertaking intends to demonstrate that, … just as the tasty mushroom can flourish in a bed of manure-laden filth, so too can the expansion of various original musical art forms, including African-American folk songs, ragtime, jazz, and the blues, all be traced back to the most vile of all planting beds, allowing the propagation of what will be now and forever known as the Coon Song.
We invite your perusal and we truly appreciate your patient indulgence as the construction of this valuable reference work continues.