Blues: The Basics

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Taylor & Francis, Oct 28, 2004 - Music - 224 pages
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Blues: The Basics offers a concise introduction to a century of the blues. Organized chronologically, it focuses on the major eras in the growth and development of this popular musical style. Material includes:

  • a definition of the blues and the major genres within it
  • key artists such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • key recordings

Complete with timelines and suggestions for further investigation, this fascinating overview is ideal for students and interested listeners.

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About the author (2004)

Dick Weissman was Associate Professor of Music and Music Industry Studies from 1990-2002 at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has published many books on music, notably The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self-Defense, now in its third edition. He lives in Portland, OR.

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