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Charters, Samuel.
The Poetry of the Blues.
A Near Fine copy of this Paperback Original. Charters examines the roots of the American Blues through the lyrics and the personalities that made them our modern music form. Included are numerous examples of lyrics that exemplify the various subjects that make up the subject matter of the blues.

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[African American Spirituals] Owens, J. Garfield.
All God's Chillun: Meditations on Negro Spirituals.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. Through thoughtful meditations, Dr. Owens delves into the heart of African American spirituals to find they are more than simple folk songs. He finds a philosophy of life emanating from the lives of those who were trapped in slavery without hope of salvation except through their belief in God. The author finds that despite their religious center, spirituals were early protest songs that brought African Americans hope in a seemingly hopeless world. Owens uses the lyrics of 27 spirituals to launch his meditations on their significance in the lives of Afican Americans.

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[Blue Music] Wald, Elijah.
Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. In this combination history of blues music and biography of Robert Johnson, Wald, a blues musician himself, explores Johnson's rise from a little known guitarist who died in 1938 to one of the most influential artists in rock and roll. From the blues' meager beginning in the early 1900s to its '30s heyday and its 1960s revival, Wald gives a revisionist history of the music, which he feels, in many instances, has been mislabeled and misjudged. Though his writing sometimes reads like a textbook, and he occasionally gets bogged down in arcane musical references, Wald's academic precision aids him in his quest to re-analyze America's perception of the blues as well as in trying to decipher the music's murky true origins and history. Using a lengthy comparison of how white Americans and black Americans define the blues, Wald demonstrates how Johnson fit into the gray area between the two. Wald combines a short bio of Johnson with detailed analysis of his songs and the mysterious tales that are associated with him, giving a thorough account of Johnson's life, music and legend. The chapter on how white guitarists like Eric Clapton and Keith Richards interpreted who Johnson was and what he played really shows why he is not one of the many forgotten early 20th-century bluesmen. Wald's theories will no doubt cause passionate discussions among true blues aficionados, but the technical and obscure nature of much of his writing will make the book more of a useful reference resource. Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc

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[Blues Biography] Gordon, Robert.
Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters.
A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine unclipped dust jacket with light edge wear to the spine ends. In this comprehensive biography of one of the legends of modern blues music, Robert Gordon details the early career of Waters in rural Mississippi and documents his journey to the electrified blues that took root in Chicago. Along the way, we get primer on blues music and the major players that not only influenced Waters but also the modern blues movement.

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[Blues Literature] Davis, Francis.
The History of the Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People from Charley Patton to Robert Cray.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. The author traces blues music from its origins in the Mississippi Delta region of the US to the advent of the electric blues in the post-war years in Chicago. David provides a knowledgeable assessment of the cultural history of the music genre as well as a detailed analysis of the music form itself.

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[Blues Literature] Guralnick, Peter.
Searching For Robert Johnson.
A Fine tight unread copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. Robert Johnson is by far the most mythologized bluesman and in this extended essay, Guralnick explores and clarifies much of the mystery about Johnson's life and his speculated rendezvous with the devil.

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[Blues Musician] Alger, Dean.
Lonnie Johnson: Music and Civil Rights. The Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine dust jacket. Lonnie Johnson (1894–1970) was a virtuoso guitarist who influenced generations of musicians from Django Reinhardt to Eric Clapton to Bill Wyman and especially B. B. King. Born in New Orleans, he began playing violin and guitar in his father’s band at an early age. When most of his family was wiped out by the 1918 flu epidemic, he and his surviving brother moved to St. Louis, where he won a blues contest that included a recording contract. His career was launched. Johnson can be heard on many Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong records, including the latter’s famous “Savoy Blues” with the Hot Five. He is perhaps best known for his 12-string guitar solos and his ground-breaking recordings with the white guitarist Eddie Lang in the late 1920s. After World War II he began playing rhythm and blues and continued to record and tour until his death. The author places Johnson and his musical contemporaries in the context of American race relations and argues for the importance of music in the fight for civil rights. Finally, Alger analyzes Johnson’s major recordings in terms of technique and style.

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[Blues Music] Broonzy, William "Big Bill" .
Big Bill Blues. William Broonzy's Story As Told to Yannick Bruynoghe.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. A very crisp copy. This first person account by one of the great blues players is told in Big Bill's inimitable voice as recorded directly by Bruynoghe. Bill talks in his homey manner of his life, his songs, and his many friends in and out of music. In his lifetime he recorded over 250 songs and wrote many more which were recorded by others. Broonzy learned his blues trade in and around the farmlands of Mississippi then took his talents to Chicago in the 20's where he did most of his recording.

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[Blues Music] Broonzy, William "Big Bill" .
Big Bill Blues. William Broonzy's Story As Told to Yannick Bruynoghe.
A Near Fine copy in a Very Good plus unclipped dust jacket with light edge wear and a closed edge tear to the spine. There is a small red spot on the front cover that colors one of the letters in Bill's name. This first person account by one of the great blues players is told in Big Bill's inimitable voice as recorded directly by Bruynoghe. Bill talks in his homey manner of his life, his songs, and his many friends in and out of music. In his lifetime he recorded over 250 songs and wrote many more which were recorded by others. Broonzy learned his blues trade in and around the farmlands of Mississippi then took his talents to Chicago in the 20's where he did most of his recording.

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[Blues Music] Charters, Samuel.
The Roots of the Blues: An African Search.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. Charters traveled through West Africa in search of the origins of American blues music and what he discovered a deep cultural connection between African slaves and their new life in America.

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[Blues Music] Cohn, Lawrence.
Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. In this collection of eleven authoritative essays on the history of blues music and musicians, the authors trace this passionate American music form from its African roots up through its revival in the 1960s and its influence contemporary forms. Cohn traces the African American origins of Blues music, its early development as popular entertainment to its contemporary manifestations. 432 pages richly illustrated with vintage photographs and illustrations.

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[Blues Music] Cohn, Lawrence.
Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. In this collection of eleven authoritative essays on the history of blues music and musicians, the authors trace this passionate American music form from its African roots up through its revival in the 1960s and its influence contemporary forms. Cohn traces the African American origins of Blues music, its early development as popular entertainment to its contemporary manifestations. 432 pages richly illustrated with vintage photographs and illustrations.

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[Blues Music] Donoghue, William E.
'fessor mojo's "Don't Start Me Talkin"
A Fine copy in Fine paperback binding. This slender volume (92 pages) is the first comprehensive oral history of Sonny Boy Williamson II, King of the Harmonica. The book also contains the most complete Sonny Boy Williamson II discography.

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[Blues Music] Finn, Julio.
The Bluesman: the Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas.
A Near Fine copy with a remainder mark to the bottom edge in a Fine dust jacket. Finn provides a fine study of the roots--spiritual, social and anthropological--of the blue genre. He embraces African religions, the slave trade, Voodoo, the early country blues and the modern electric model. He refers to the influences of writers like Zora Neal Hurston and Langston Hughes for their impact on the music form and delivers a substantial study of Robert Johnson. Illustrated with photographs and drawings.

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[Blues Music] Garvin, Richard M. & Edmond G. Addeo.
The Midnight Special: The Legend of Leadbelly.
A Near Fine, tight copy in a Near Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. Born ca 1885, blues pioneer Huddie Ledbetter led a violent life in some of the rowdiest saloons and cruelest prisons during his sixty plus years, but the result was some of the earliest "race music" that evolved into country and delta blues music.

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[Blues Music] Gioia, Ted.
Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music.
A Fine tight, unread copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. Ted Gioia examines the more than one hundred years of the music born in the Mississippi delta region of the American south through extensive personal fieldwork, archival research, interviews with musicians and first-person accounts. Gioia traces the influence blues music had on the popular music of today by sketching its African roots to the first classic recordings of the 1920s and 30s.

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[Blues Music] Hamilton, Marybeth.
In Search of the Blues.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. In this book, the author reconstructs the origins of the blues. Historian Marybeth Hamilton demonstrates the story as we know it is largely a myth. Following the trail of characters like Howard Odum, who combed Mississippi’s back roads with a cylinder phonograph to record vagrants, John and Alan Lomax, who prowled Southern penitentiaries and unearthed the rough, melancholy vocals of Leadbelly, and James McKune, a recluse whose record collection came to define the primal sounds of the Delta blues, Hamilton reveals this musical form to be the culmination of a longstanding white fascination with the exotic mysteries of black music.By excavating the history of the Delta blues, Hamilton reveals the extent to which American culture has been shaped by white fantasies of racial difference.

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[Blues Music] Lomax, Alan.
The Land Where the Blues Began.
A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine bright unclipped dust jacket with a small closed edge teart to the top of the real panel. In the 1930s & 1940s Alan Lomax journeyed into the rural South and began documenting an oral history of the culture and people who eventually created the Blues. With recording equipment and his own keen sense of detail, Lomax has crafted not only an essential social and musical document but also an evocative personal history of the people who developed a music that still lives today.

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[Blues Music] Oliver, Paul.
Barrelhouse Blues: Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues.
A Fine copy in a Fine dust jacket. In the 1920s, Southern record companies ventured to cities like Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans, where they set up primitive recording equipment in makeshift studios. They brought in street singers, medicine show performers, pianists from the juke joints and barrelhouses. The music that circulated through Southern work camps, prison farms, and vaudeville shows would be lost to us if it hadn’t been captured on location by these performers and recorders. Blues historian Paul Oliver uncovers these folk traditions and the circumstances under which they were recorded, rescuing the forefathers of the blues who were lost before they even had a chance to be heard.

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[Blues Music] Oliver, Paul.
Blues Fell This Morning: The Meaning of the Blues.
A Near Fine copy in paperback binding. The volume, by the noted French music enthusiast Paul Oliver, examines the functions of the blues as black American folk music recorded during the 78 rpm era, from the 1920s to the 1950s. The lyrics are quoted extensively throughout the book, revealing their significance as a means of communication within black society. The author shows how the themes of labour and unemployment, migration and the Depression years, love, sex, and marriage, crime, violence and imprisonment, disasters, sickness, war and death are expressed in black idioms and he discusses their meaning on many levels.

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[Blues Music] Oliver, Paul.
Blues Off the Record: Thirty Years of Blues Commentary.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright dust jacket. This comprehensive collection of writings by this noted blues historian includes essays, record liner notes, and interviews on a myriad of aspects of blues music. Oliver addresses forms of rural music, guitar pickers, singers and stage intertainers. For more than 30 years the British blues scholar Paul Oliver has researched, analyzed, promoted and recorded blues musicians. This new book of essays and critiques originally written for such magazines as "Jazz Journal, "Jazz Review", "Blues Unlimited", "Jazz and Blues" and "Living Blues" is a vibrant anthology that reflects a lifelong passion for the anger, despair and humor that only blues provides.

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[Blues Music] Tracy, Steven C.
Langston Hughes & the Blues.
A Fine tight copy in a Near Fine bright dust jacket with some shallow closed edge tears to the top edges. The author demonstrates in this book how blues performers such as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Memphis Minnie influenced the writings of Langston Hughes.

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[Musicology] Szwed, John.
Alan Lomax. The Man Who Recorded the World.
A Fine tight copy in a Fine unclipped dust jacket. Alan Lomax was best known for bringing legendary musicians like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and Burl Ives to the radio and introducing folk music to a mass audience. The author presents the first biography of Lomax, a man who was as influential as he was controversial-trailed for years by the FBI, criticized for his folk- song-collecting practices, denounced by some as a purist and by others as a popularizer. This authoritative work reveals how Lomax changed not only the way everyone in the country heard music but also the way they viewed America itself.

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