Blues and the Poetic Spirit

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City Lights Publishers, Jul 1, 1996 - Music - 240 pages
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While much has been written about the sociological significance of the blues, this is a unique inquiry into the blues and the mind, a study of the blues as thought. Here, the subconscious power of the blues is examined from a poetic and psychological perspective, illuminating the blues' deepest creative sources and exploring its far-reaching influence and appeal.Like Surrealist poetry in particular, blues communicate through highly charged symbols of aggression and desire-eros, crime, magic, night, and drugs, among others. A close analysis of classic blues lyrics, along with a wealth of source material from Freud and James Frazer, to Breton and Marcuse, conveys the blues' major poetic function of spiritual revolt against repression.First published in 1975, Blues and the Poetic Spirit is a blues literature classic. This long-awaited new edition assesses developments in the blues since that time and outlines the social and political forces that continue to shape its evolution.

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User Review  - T. Smith - Goodreads

Also check out Paul's book on Peetie Wheatstraw and Paul & Beth Garon's book on Memphis Minnie. Read full review

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User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

A fun book that charts the common territory between Blues and Surrealism, another chart for setting the Wayback Machine to explore "old, weird America." Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Paul Garon has written about the blues for nearly fifty years. A co-founder of Living Blues, he is also the author of The Devil's Son-in-Law: The Story of Peetie Wheatstraw and His Songs, Blues and the Poetic Spirit and What's the Use of Walking if a Freight Train's Going Your Way, as well as a small collection of prose poems, Rana Mozelle.

He and his wife, co-author Beth Garon, own and operate Beasley Books, a used and rare book business in Chicago.

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