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.
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 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.
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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.
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).
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.
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.