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Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime

Yvonne Cloutier's Scott Joplin King of Ragtime book So little is known about Scott Joplin, "king of ragtime music." He and his contemporaries were great pioneers of a genre of music that was the first truly American music. Ragtime was an amalgamation of tunes inspired by music from countries of our ancestors set to an African rhythm from his heritage that is still in our music today. Jazz, stride piano, honky tonk, swing, rock and roll are some styles that come to mind. All have ragtime roots.

This story about Scott Joplin is as historically accurate as possible. It is about his life as it was and how it may have been.

The book was written since there did not seem to be one that catered to the young reader. At the same time, it can be a quick read for adults.

This book is loaded with pictures. In addition, in the back of the book are:

  • two of Joplin's most famous rags, Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer;
  • a copy of his School of Ragtime, which are exercises in how to play ragtime music
  • pictures of the covers of some of his rags
  • a CD of six of his rags performed by Yvonne Cloutier, the author.

Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime, is written at about fourth grade reading level-- the same level as newspapers.

The book will soon be in its third printing.

For more information, please, contact: Yvonne Cloutier
                                                       ragtimeyc@cox.net or 702-263-9028

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