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. Book jacket.
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Review: Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi DeltaUser Review - Donovan Foote - Goodreads
This book is amazing and by far the most interesting Blues book I've read to date. Palmer focuses on Delta Blues and its migration to Chicago, but what really interested me was his tracing the roots ... Read full review
Review: Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi DeltaUser Review - Sandy Duke - Goodreads
Meh. It was ok. Alright, I admit that I only made it through Part I. I was hoping for more biography of individual artists rather than a history tracing the birth of the blues. If that's what you're looking for, this is probably one of the best. Read full review