Blues, Soul and Motown
Spinning Blues into Gold
The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records
Paperback ISBN: 0312284942
Chronicles the rags-to-riches story of Leonard and Phil Chess, sons of a Polish immigrant scrap-metal dealer who went on to compile a blues and rock 'n' roll entertainment empire destined to alter American musical history.
Paperback ISBN: 0140062238
Blues is the cornerstone of American popular music, the bedrock of rock and roll. In this extraordinary musical and social history, Robert Palmer traces the odyssey of the blues from its rural beginnings, to the steamy bars of Chicago’s South Side, to international popularity, recognition, and imitation. Palmer tells the story of the blues through the lives of its greatest practitioners: Robert Johnson, who sang of being pursued by the hounds of hell; Muddy Waters, who electrified Delta blues and gave the music its rock beat; Robert Lockwood and Sonny Boy Williamson, who launched the King Biscuit Time radio show and brought blues to the airwaves; and John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, B. B. King, and many others. "A lucid . . . entrancing study" -- Greil Marcus "Palmer has a powerful understanding of the music and an intense involvement in the culture." -- The Nation
Songsters and Saints
Paperback ISBN: 0521269423
In this innovatory book the celebrated writer on the blues, Paul Oliver, rediscovers the wealth of neglected vocal traditions presented on Race records. When blues first reached a large audience it was through the 'Race records' issued specifically for black purchasers in the 1920s. Blues South have been extensively discussed by many writers. Paul Oliver shows that this emphasis has drawn attention away from the other important vocal traditions also available on Race records: the songs of Southern rural dances, the comic and social songs and ballads of the medicine shows and travelling entertainments, and, even more neglected, the sacred vocal traditions, from the song-sermons of the Baptist and Sanctified preachers to the gospel songs of the church congregations and of the 'jack-leg' preachers and street evangelists. Over 500 artists and 700 song titles are indexed and there is a guide to reissued recordings.
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.
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.
The B.B. King Reader
6 Decades of Commentary
Paperback ISBN: 0634099272
For more than 5 decades, BB King has been the consummate Blues performer. Published to coincide with his 80th birthday, this edition includes 18 interviews. In this volume, the best articles, interviews and reviews about BB King's life and career have been gathered.
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.
Kingdom of Rhythm
Paperback ISBN: 0769216676
For eight players plus bass and piano. The great jazz drummer Louie Bellson has composed an original work for percussion ensemble in the true big band style. Instrumentation: standard percussion ensemble instruments with bass and piano, plus extensive solos for drum set, djembe, tubanos, and pandiero.
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.