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.
The life of blues legend Robert Johnson becomes the centerpiece for this innovative look at what many consider to be America's deepest and most influential music genre. Pivotal are the questions surrounding why Johnson was ignored by the core black audience of his time yet now celebrated as the greatest figure in blues history.
Trying to separate myth from reality, biographer Elijah Wald studies the blues from the inside -- not only examining recordings but also the recollections of the musicians themselves, the African-American press, as well as examining original research. What emerges is a new appreciation for the blues and the movement of its artists from the shadows of the 1930s Mississippi Delta to the mainstream venues frequented by today's loyal blues fans.
This is a musician's tale: the story of a boy growing up on the Iron Range, playing his guitar at family gatherings, coming of age in the psychedelic seventies, and honing his craft as a pro in Minneapolis, ground zero of American popular music in the mid-eighties. "There is a drop of blood behind every note I play and every word I write," Paul Metsa says. And it's easy to believe, as he conducts us on a musical journey across time and country, navigating switchbacks, detours, dead ends, and providing us the occasional glimpse of the promised land on the blue guitar highway.
His account captures the thrill of the Twin Cities when acts like the Replacements, Husker D , and Prince were remaking pop music. It takes us right onto the stages he shared with stars like Billy Bragg, Pete Seeger, and Bruce Springsteen. And it gives us a close-up, dizzying view of the roller-coaster ride that is the professional musician's life, played out against the polarizing politics and intimate history of the past few decades of American culture. Written with a songwriter's sense of detail and ear for poetry, Paul Metsa's book conveys all the sweet absurdity, dry humor, and passion for the language of music that has made his story sing.
Spirituals provided the foundation for blues, jazz, and gospel music, and continue to be a rich part of today's musical culture. These solo piano arrangements of favorite spirituals feature lyrics, suggested fingerings, phrasing, pedal markings, and easy-to-read notation. Titles: Ain't-a That Good News? * Deep River * Every Time I Feel the Spirit * Ezekiel Saw the Wheel * Give Me That Old-Time Religion * Go Down, Moses * Go, Tell It on the Mountain * He's Got the Whole World in His Hands * I've Got Peace Like a River * Let Us Break Bread Together * Little David, Play on Your Harp * Michael, Row the Boat Ashore * My Lord, What a Morning * Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen * Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child * Swing Low, Sweet Chariot * There Is a Balm in Gilead * This Little Light of Mine * Wayfaring Stranger * We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder * We Shall Overcome * Were You There?
For blues musicians, there is no better feeling than improvising a great solo. Spontaneously creating music that comes from the heart is very rewarding. But if you've never tried it before, soloing can be intimidating. Which notes do I play? How do I come up with new ideas? What if I make a mistake? Easy Soloing for Blues Keyboard helps you overcome these doubts. You'll learn easy methods to approach soloing with confidence. Instead of learning a lot of technical music theory, you'll get practical guidelines you can use in real life. The blues has influenced many types of music, so you'll be able to apply what you learn to a wide variety of musical situations. This is an excellent book for experienced musicians who are new to improvising, beginning players with a love for the blues, or busy people looking for a quick, low-stress introduction to soloing. A CD demonstrating all the examples featured in the book is included.
Examining the changing face of the genre from its beginnings at the end of the 19th century to its international popularity today, this book traces the social climate that inspired the blues and takes a look at the unmistakable influences that blues had on 20th-century music. Includes information on performances from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton.
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."