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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.

Delta Blues Guitar
Delta Blues Guitar
Paperback      ISBN: 0739042807

The Early Masters of American Blues series provides the unique opportunity to study the true roots of modern blues. Stefan Grossman, noted roots-blues guitarist and musicologist, has compiled this fascinating collection of 14 songs from seven pivot

Elwood's Blues: Interviews with the Blues Legends & Stars
Elwood's Blues
Interviews with the Blues Legends & Stars
Paperback      ISBN: 0879308095

Elwood's Blues is an entertaining and informative collection of conversations with the legends and rising stars of blues and rock music, drawn from the popular syndicated radio series, The House of Blues Radio Hour. Host Dan Aykroyd, in character as Elwood Blues of the legendary Blues Brothers, has interviewed over 900 blues and rock greats since 1993. This book compiles the best of those, including discussions with living legends B.B. King and Buddy Guy, past masters John Lee Hooker and Stevie Ray Vaughan, rising stars Keb' Mo' and Susan Tedeschi, and blues-rooted rock stars such as Robert Plant and Bill Wyman.

Josh White: Society Blues
Josh White
Society Blues
Paperback      ISBN: 0415942047

First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

One Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American Culture
One Nation Under a Groove
Motown and American Culture
Paperback      ISBN: 0880014725

The author of Tuxedo Junction analyzes the Motown phenomenon and its effect on the relationship of blacks and whites in American culture, the media, and the business world of the sixties and early seventies.

The B.B. King Reader: Six Decades of Commentary
The B.B. King Reader
Six Decades of Commentary
Paperback      ISBN: 0634099272

B.B. King is a national treasure. For more than five decades, he has been the consummate blues performer. His unique guitar playing, powerful vocals, and repertoire of songs have taken him from tiny Itta Bena, Mississippi, to worldwide renown. In this comprehensive volume, the best articles, interviews and reviews about B.B. King's life and career have been gathered. Learn how he first made his mark as a disc jockey in Memphis hawking "Pepticon" elixir and taking the moniker of the "Beale Street Blues Boy"; trace his early tours and recordings; see him be swept up in the blues revival; and finally, enjoy his fame as the greatest living exponent of the blues style.

Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock 'N' Roll
Feel Like Going Home
Portraits in Blues and Rock 'N' Roll
Paperback      ISBN: 0394747062

Examines the cultural factors which have influenced the musical careers and styles of such individuals as Jerry Lee Lewis, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Shines

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).

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Piano
You Can Teach Yourself Blues Piano
by Rovner
Paperback      ISBN: 0786644036

The exciting sound of the blues, born in America, finds its way into all styles of music heard around the world. These days everyone hears that familiar color in rock, pop, folk, classical, and other jazz styles. This easy-to-follow and complete programmed course teaches you to create your own blue music at the piano. Explanations and examples are given and become even more advanced. This book works more easily for you when you already know a little about reading piano music. Playing the blues teaches you essential music theory in a fun hands-on way, so a piano teacher can include this as a part of regular lessons. All the elements of basic blues are here. This is a guide, a textbook, and a teacher. If you study music and want to know how to play the blues style, this is the book for you The accompanying recording contains 26 of the exercises and examples from the book.

Blues People
Blues People
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 068818474x
"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this certainly should be revealed by his characteristic music."

So says Amiri Baraka in the Introduction to Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, musical, economic, and cultural history. From the music of African slaves in the United States through the music scene of the 1960's, Baraka traces the influence of what he calls "negro music" on white America -- not only in the context of music and pop culture but also in terms of the values and perspectives passed on through the music. In tracing the music, he brilliantly illuminates the influence of African Americans on American culture and history.