Perfect for beginning blues and blues-rock guitarists, Beginning Blues Guitar is an introduction to basic blues theory, left-hand techniques, rhythm styles of Texas swing, slow blues, and minor blues---plus the styles of blues greats like Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy. Learn about call-and-response phrasing, intros, turnarounds, endings, and even improvisation. The second edition features new licks in the styles of some of the hottest contemporary blues artists, like Joe Bonamassa and Gary Clark, Jr., and includes brand-new video---hosted by expert educator and guitar virtuoso Jared Meeker---with exciting demonstrations of examples and techniques. Beginning Blues Guitar is the best step-by-step method for learning the substance and style of the blues.
Blues Tracks is the most effective learning tool you will ever use. There are over 30 tunes that range from simple to complex, all in the style of seminal blues artists like Big Bill Broonzy, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, and many others. Lead sheets include tips and scales, and the accompaniment audio tracks are long enough to let you stretch out and experiment as your chops develop. The scales shown in standard music notation, TAB, and guitar-neck diagrams. This book and MP3 CD is the perfect way for you to make the most out of your practice time and seriously advance your improvisational skills.
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
Over one dramatic decade, a trio of Trenchtown R&B crooners swapped their 1960s Brylcreem hairdos and two-tone suits for 1970s battle fatigues and dreadlocks to become the Wailers--one of the most influential groups in popular music. Colin Grant presents a lively history of this remarkable band from their upbringing in the brutal slums of Kingston to their first recordings and then international superstardom. With energetic prose and stunning, original research, Grant argues that these reggae stars offered three models for black men in the second half of the twentieth century: accommodate and succeed (Marley), fight and die (Tosh), or retreat and live (Livingston). Grant meets with Rastafarian elders, Obeah men (witch doctors), and other folk authorities as he attempts to unravel the mysteries of Jamaica's famously impenetrable culture. Much more than a top-flight music biography, The Natural Mystics offers a sophisticated understanding of Jamaican politics, heritage, race, and religion--a portrait of a seminal group during a period of exuberant cultural evolution.
With an extraordinary appeal that has continued unabated since the early 1970s, Al Green remains the quintessential soul man--one of the most enduring, electrifying, and enigmatic artists of our era. But at the very heart of his appeal is the conflict between the devil's music and God's calling, a conflict he has wrestled with all his life. This is his story. Take Me to the River is an inspiring, unsparing, and ultimately transforming autobiography. From a sharecropper's shack in Jacknash, Arkansas, to the absolute pinnacle of show-business success, it chronicles Al Green's career in rich detail. This is the whole story--his early days on the gospel and R&B circuits, his fateful encounter with legendary producer Willie Mitchell, his climb to the top of the charts, the attempted murder and suicide scandal that made headlines worldwide, and his decision to become a pastor and found his own church--the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Memphis, Tennessee. Take Me to the River brings Al Green's epic spiritual struggle--a story of repentance, redemption, and renewal--to life with all the urgency and immediacy of his music.
Along with Rudy Vallee and Bing Crosby, Russ Columbo was the model crooner of the late 1920s, with a smoothly sentimental ballad style. His mellifluous but melancholy voice spoke to many Americans still drifting in the malaise after World War I and at the beginning of the depression. But unlike most crooners, Columbo not only wrote and sang songs about lovestruck dreamers but also lived out such stories, unable or unwilling to separate art from life. Based on material from the singers personal effects, including original music transcripts, photographs, diaries, and love letters, the biography also includes concise histories of the most important crooners and the controversies their theatrics often elicited.
Anyone who knows R. Crumb's work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the trading card sets he created in the early-to-mid 1980s. Now they are packaged together for the first time in book form, along with an exlcusive 21-track CD of music selected and compiled by Crumb himself.