Blues, Soul and Motown
The NPR Curious Listener's Guide To Blues
Paperback ISBN: 039953072x
Furnishing an A-to-Z glossary of terminology, a comprehensive guide to blues music provides a concise history of the musical art form, as well as information on stylistic variations, the social factors that inspired the creation of the blues, its influence on twentieth-century music, profiles of notable musicians, and listings of essential CDs. Original.
The Glory Road
The Story of Josh White
Paperback ISBN: 1558702172
A biography of the black singer and songwriter from South Carolina who is credited with introducing the blues, spirituals, protest songs, and other types of African-American music to a worldwide audience.
Mister Satan's Apprentice
A Blues Memoir
Hardcover ISBN: 067945022x
A young harmonica player describes his collaboration with Mister Satan, a charismatic, streetwise New York City musician, discussing the growing friendship between two unlikely individuals linked by their shared love of the blues. 17,500 first printing. Tour.
Live At The Apollo
Paperback ISBN: 0826415725
In this remarkable book, Douglas Wolk brings to life an October evening in 1962, at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem: an evening at the height of Cold War tensions. In great detail, Wolk pieces together what took place (and what was recorded) that night, and illustrates beautifully the enduring power of one of James Brown's - and popular music's - defining moments: Live at the Apollo.EXCERPTStanding on the stage of the Apollo at a sold-out show on the night of October 24, 1962, screaming, James Brown would have looked out and seen 1500 people screaming back at him in the audience, split between the floor and the balconies. The walls behind them were a dark crimson; the balconies were decorated with the laurel wreaths that are the emblem of Apollo the god, recalling Daphne, who became a laurel tree to escape his lust. Most of the audience thought there was a good chance they'd be dead within the week.
Can't Be Satisfied
The Life and Times of Muddy Waters
Paperback ISBN: 0316164941
Drawn from in-depth research and detailed interviews, an authoritative biography of the father of modern blues details his turbulent life, from the cotton fields of rural Mississippi to his extraordinary rise to success, forever changing the music industry. Reprint. 18,000 first printing.
Early Downhome Blues
A Musical and Cultural Analysis
2nd Edition Paperback ISBN: 0807844829
Proposing that African-American cultural development is reflected in blues music, an analysis traces the music from its origins, notes the effects of commercial recording, and includes recollections of blues performers, the audience, and those in the recording industry.
Encyclopedia of the Blues
Paperback ISBN: 1557284520
he popular Encyclopedia of the Blues, first published by the University of Arkansas Press in 1992 and reprinted six times, has become an indispensable reference source for all involved with or intrigued by the music. The work alphabetizes hundreds of biographical entries, presenting detailed examinations of the performers and of the instruments, trends, recordings, and producers who have created and popularized this truly American art form.