Blues
Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom
Sweet Soul Music
Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom
Paperback      ISBN: 0316332739

A gripping narrative that captures the tumult and liberating energy of a nation in transition, Sweet Soul Music is an intimate portrait of the legendary performers--Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, James Brown, Solomon Burke, Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding, and Al Green among them--who merged gospel and rhythm and blues to create Southern soul music. Through rare interviews and with unique insight, Peter Guralnick tells the definitive story of the songs that inspired a generation and forever changed the sound of American music.

Alfred's Learn to Play Blues Guitar: Play Authentic Blues Rhythm and Lead Guitar Like the Pros, Book & Online Video/Audio
Alfred's Learn to Play Blues Guitar
Play Authentic Blues Rhythm and Lead Guitar Like the Pros, Book & Online Video/Audio
Paperback      ISBN: 1470635364

Learning the Blues Has Never Been So Easy
Have you always wanted to play the blues? Authentic blues? Realize your dream of becoming a great blues guitarist with Alfred's Learn to Play Blues Guitar---the simple, straightforward, and effective way to learn the blues. Whether you are a beginning guitarist or an advanced player just getting into the style, start playing real blues music right away through easy-to-understand instructions and great-sounding examples. The first part of this book and video covers blues rhythm playing. Learn over 50 blues rhythm patterns, including medium shuffle, uptown blues, slow blues, blues-rock, mambo, and more. The second part covers blues lead guitar. Start with learning basic soloing techniques---such as slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, bending, vibrato, and rakes---then dive right in by playing 18 great blues solos in the styles of legends like Eric Clapton, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Albert King, and B. B. King.

Features:
* All examples include standard music notation and TAB
* Every lesson and music example is clearly demonstrated on the video by noted educator Steve Trovato
* MP3 accompaniment tracks to hone your skills as a blues lead guitarist
Searching for Robert Johnson: The Life and Legend of the
Searching for Robert Johnson
The Life and Legend of the "king of the Delta Blues Singers"
Paperback      ISBN: 0452279496
Robert Johnson, while probably the most influential of all blues guitarists, is also one of the most obscure. Recognized as an influence on musicians like Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, Johnson was poisoned by a jealous husband in 1938--at the age of twenty-seven. This untimely death, his supposed bargain with the devil that enabled him to play guitar, and the ferocity and tormented originality of his work have given rise to a legend that has inspired a Hollywood movie and numerous stories. Peter Guralnick's extended essay about the life of the man and the myth, and of the place and time that produced both, illuminates much of the obscurity around Johnson without forfeiting any of the mystery.
Boogie Man: The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century
Boogie Man
The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century
Paperback      ISBN: 0312270062

With John Lee Hooker's death in June 2001 the world lost one of the last great Mississippi Delta bluesmen. Acclaimed writer Charles Schaar Murray's Boogie Man is the authorized and authoritative biography of this musician whose extraordinary career spanned over fifty years and included over one-hundred albums and five Grammy Awards. Murray was given unparalleled access to Hooker, and lets him tell his own story in his own words, from life in the Deep South to San Francisco, from the 1948 blues anthem "Boogie Chillen" to the Grammy-winning album The Healer nearly a half-century later. Boogie Man is far more than merely a brilliant biography of one man; it also gives the story of the music that inspired him. "When I die," Hooker said, they'll bury the blues with me. But the blues will never die." Here is the book that does him and his music full justice.

Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters
Can't Be Satisfied
The Life and Times of Muddy Waters
Paperback      ISBN: 0316164941

Muddy Waters invented electric blues and created the template for the rock and roll band and its wild lifestyle. Gordon excavates Muddy's mysterious past and early career, taking us from Mississippi fields to postwar Chicago street corners.

Larkin's Blues: Jazz, Popular Music, and Poetry
Larkin's Blues
Jazz, Popular Music, and Poetry
Hardcover      ISBN: 0807123420

A jazz and blues enthusiast, poet Philip Larkin drew upon both kinds of music as his model for a poetry that would oppose the modernism of Eliot and Pound. This work seeks to demonstrate the extent to which Larkin's jazz life, as he referred to it, informed his poetry and but also effectively articulates the wider confluence of music and poetry. The study incorporates jazz and blues criticism and discussion of such artists as Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, and the Beatles to illustrate the significance of musical intertext in Larkin's poetry.

Woman with Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues
Woman with Guitar
Memphis Minnie's Blues
Paperback      ISBN: 0872866211

Universally recognized as one of the greatest blues artists, Memphis Minnie (1897-1973) wrote and recorded hundreds of songs. Blues people as diverse as Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, Big Mama Thornton, and Chuck Berry have acknowledged her as a major influence. At a time when most female vocalists sang Tin Pan Alley material, Minnie wrote her own lyrics and accompanied her singing with virtuoso guitar playing. Thanks to her merciless imagination and dark humor, her songs rank among the most vigorous and challenging popular poetry in any language.

Woman with Guitar is the first full-length study of the life and work of this extraordinary free spirit, focusing on the lively interplay between Minnie's evolving artistry and the African American community in which she lived and worked. Drawing on folklore, psychoanalysis, critical theory, women's studies, and surrealism, the authors' explorations of Minnie's songs illuminate the poetics of popular culture as well as the largely hidden history of working-class women's self-emancipation.

This revised and expanded edition includes a wealth of new biographical material, including photographs, record contracts, sheet music, and period advertisements, which further vivify this portrait of an African American musical legend. Complete, updated discography included.

"Woman with Guitar is a fascinating, thorough and extremely valuable biography of one of American musical history's most vibrant and pioneering artists. As the first woman singer/songwriter/ guitarist to ever reach stardom, the story of her life in music, on and off the stage, during one of the most important and formative periods of the origins of popular music, is an indelible, crucial window into that history."--Bonnie Raitt

"Woman with Guitar has been, since it was first published in 1992 and now with this new revised and extended edition, still the only real definitive biography of Memphis Minnie, the most important female singer, songwriter and guitarist in the history of Delta blues."--Lucinda Williams

"As a most ardent and devoted lifelong fan of Memphis Minnie and her music, I avidly devoured the original Woman with Guitar when it first came out in 1992. Now I am excited to be reading this new edition, and so grateful for it's additional rare photos and carefully researched details, which shed even more light on this seminal, iconic, almost mythical musical pioneer, who was way ahead of her time, and whose soulful music and life so deeply inspired and influenced so many A must read -- whether you are already a Memphis Minnie fan, or just discovering her for the first time " -- Maria Muldaur

"An excellent book."--Bill Wyman

"Woman with Guitar is not simply a carefully researched biography of Memphis Minnie, complied from the memories of her relatives, friends, and fellow performers; it is a vivid portrait of a talented singer and guitarist . . . The authors have added a new dimension to blues scholarship."--Paul Oliver, author of Blues Off the Record

"Woman with Guitar is a delight. The book is both thorough and brilliant, a rare combination these days. . . . A fanatic interest in Minnie underpins and energizes this wonderful biography."--David Roediger, author of The Wages of Whiteness

Paul Garon is a co-founder of Living Blues magazine and author of The Devil's Son-in-Law and Blues and the Poetic Spirit. Beth Garon is a painter and collagist. The Garons operate a rare-book business in Chicago, Illinois, and have been associated with the US surrealist movement for many years.


The Life and Legend of Leadbelly
The Life and Legend of Leadbelly
Paperback      ISBN: 0060924683

A biography of the legendary folk and blues singer discusses his influences, his close relationships with folk greats Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and his involvement in left-wing politics and the labor movement

Blues: An Anthology : Complete Words and Music of 53 Great Songs
Blues
An Anthology : Complete Words and Music of 53 Great Songs
Paperback      ISBN: 0306804115

In 1926, W.C. Handy published Blues: An Anthology, a classic collection of great blues songs arranged for piano and voice--the most famous blues collection in history. Among the first black men to write and publish blues music, Handy (1873-1958) did more than anyone else to make blues popular and accepted. The composer of "Memphis Blues," "St. Louis Blues," and "Beale Street Blues," Handy became widely recognized as "The Father of Blues."Revised in 1949 and 1972, this edition of Handy's anthology incorporates the music to more than fifty songs with Abbe Nile's introductory historical notes that discuss blues as music, as verse, as an influence on jazz and popular song, and W. C. Handy and his place in music history. In addition to Handy's tunes and arrangements such as "East St. Louis," "Juba," "Yellow Dog Blues," and "Aunt Hagar's Children," there are notes for each song, a bibliography, and a chart of guitar chords. The text is supplemented with an outstanding new introduction by William Ferris, and highlighted by a series of striking drawings and lithographs by the renowned Mexican illustrator Miguel Covarrubias (1902-1957).

Spinning Blues into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records
Spinning Blues into Gold
The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records
Paperback      ISBN: 0312284942

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year, this is the impeccably researched history of two immigrant brothers and the blues label they built in Chicago. 16-page photo insert.