The Story of Boogie-Woogie: A Left Hand Like God (Google eBook)

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Scarecrow Press, Jul 29, 2009 - Music - 438 pages
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The Story of Boogie-Woogie: A Left Hand Like God examines the socio-historical background of the boogie-woogie piano style, from its early appearances in the barrelhouses of lumber, turpentine, and railroad camps in the southern United States, to its emergence at rent parties in Chicago and St. Louis, to its rise as a popular form of music in the nightclubs of New York, to its status as an international craze during World War II. In this enhanced revision of A Left Hand Like God, Peter J. Silvester presents a comprehensive history of boogie-woogie, describing the style's appearance and development, its offshoots, and the pianists who made it famous, and studying its impact on rhythm and blues, urban blues, and big band swing, leading to the eventual revival of 'classical' boogie-woogie in concerts and festivals. Silvester discusses significant European and American pianists of boogie-woogie throughout history, providing biographical information about their life styles and musical influences and offering an analysis of their important recordings. The book also includes a new chapter on the contribution of national and independent record companies to the recording of boogie-woogie music. A thorough bibliography and a final appendix providing many of the bass patterns common in boogie-woogie make this a valuable reference.
  

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Contents

Early Appearances and Names by Which It Was Known
3
Chapter 2 Industries and Centers Supporting BoogieWoogie in the South
23
Chapter 3 BoogieWoogie Eras Musical Influences and Significant Early Pianists
39
Part Two The Urban Sound of BoogieWoogie
59
Chapter 4 Chicago
61
Chapter 5 The Depression Years
98
Chapter 6 St Louis and Detroit
123
Part Three The Carnegie Period
149
Rhythm and Blues and BigBand Boogie
223
Part Four The Final Curtain
257
Chapter 12 The End of an Era
259
Chapter 13 Many Shades of Blue
290
Chapter 14 The Contemporary Picture
321
Part Five Recording BoogieWoogie and Appendixes
353
Chapter 15 The National and Independent Record Companies
355
Bass Patterns
383

Chapter 7 The Spirituals to Swing Concerts
151
Chapter 8 Café Society Days
170
Chapter 9 The PostCafé Society Period
188
Chapter 10 On the Crest of the Wave
209
Bibliography
387
Index
391
About the Author
403
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Peter J. Silvester, retired, was a record reviewer for Jazz Journal International and Storyville magazines, and wrote liner notes for several boogie-woogie records produced by Honky Tonk Productions.

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