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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.

Soul: Memphis' Original Sound
Soul
Memphis' Original Sound
Hardcover      ISBN: 8897737471
Mel Bay Presents Popular Guitar Styles  Reggae & Music of the Islands
Mel Bay Presents Popular Guitar Styles Reggae & Music of the Islands
Paperback      ISBN: 0786675853
R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country [With CD Audio]
R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country [With CD Audio]
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810930862

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 Music's All That Matters: A History of Progressive Rock
The Music's All That Matters
A History of Progressive Rock
Paperback      ISBN: 0704380366

Drawing on an encyclopedic knowledge of the music, social and cultural background and extensive interviews, Paul Stump has written an entertaining and vigorous study of an important area of popular music.

Dusty!: Queen of the Postmods
Dusty!
Queen of the Postmods
Hardcover      ISBN: 0195329430

Dubbed the White Queen of Soul, singer Dusty Springfield became the first British soloist to break into the U.S. Top Ten music charts with her 1964 hit I Only Want To Be With You--a pop classic followed by many others, including You Don't Have to Say You Love Me and Son of a Preacher Man. Today she is usually placed within the history of the Beatles-led British Invasion or seen as a devoted acolyte of Motown. In this penetrating look at her music and career, Annie J. Randall shows how Springfield's contributions transcend the narrow limits of those descriptions and how this middle-class former convent girl became perhaps the unlikeliest of artists to achieve soul credibility on both sides of the Atlantic.
Randall reevaluates Springfield's place in sixties popular music through close investigation of her performances as well as interviews with her friends, peers, professional associates, and longtime fans. As the author notes, the singer's unique look--blonde beehive wigs and heavy black mascara--became iconic of the mid-sixties postmodern moment in which identity scrambling and camp pastiche were the norms in swinging London's pop culture. Randall places Springfield within this rich cultural context, focusing on the years from 1964 to 1968, when she recorded her biggest international hits and was a constant presence on British television. The book pays special attention to Springfield's close collaboration and friendship with American gospel singer Madeline Bell, the distinctive way Springfield combined US soul and European melodrama to achieve her own musical style and stage presence, and how her camp sensibility figured as a key element of her artistry.

James Brown: The Godfather of Soul
James Brown
The Godfather of Soul
Trade Paperback      ISBN: 0938410970
Mel Bay's Complete Book Jazz Single String Studies
Mel Bay's Complete Book Jazz Single String Studies
Paperback      ISBN: 0786602074

This is an excellent technique study text. It is divided into two sections. The first, The Art of Single String Soloing, presents concepts and ideas for improvisation. Chord relationships are explored in each key, phrasing and progressions are discussed and a wealth of single string studies are given. Part two, Jazz Single String Studies, presents a thorough grounding in jazz scales and related technique studies. Written in notation with appropriate chord symbols. The aspiring jazz guitarist will gain a wealth of picking technique and linear improvisational ideas by working through and mastering this text.

Mastering Blues Keyboard
Mastering Blues Keyboard
Paperback      ISBN: 0882849425

The conclusion to this power-packed blues method begins with a review of concepts of improvisation and harmony. Techniques such as tremolos, octaves, grace notes and two-handed chords will be introduced. Various styles such as Chicago blues, New Orleans R

Miss Rhythm: The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm and Blues Legend
Miss Rhythm
The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm and Blues Legend
Paperback      ISBN: 0306808889

Before Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner, there was Ruth Brown, the legendary rhythm and blues singer best known for her hits "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean," "Teardrops from My Eyes," and "5-10-15 Hours." Her powerhouse voice and sassy squeal brought worldwide success to the Atlantic label in the 1950s. But it took a decades-long battle with Atlantic to receive her full royalties, which inspired the creation of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.In Miss Rhythm, the singer shares candid recollections: the early days of R&B; the racism she endured on the road; and her abusive husbands and lovers. In the '80s and '90s, Brown earned a Tony and Grammy Award and a role as Motormouth Maybelle in John Water's cult film Hairspray. Miss Rhythm is a story of trial and triumph, and of chart-topping success despite seemingly impossible odds.