Walking a Blues Road: A Selection of Blues Writing, 1956-2004

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Marion Boyars, Jan 1, 2004 - Music - 272 pages
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Samuel Charters belongs to a small group of writers about music whose work has transformed their -subject--without his discoveries, insights and interventions, the history of blues over the past 50 years would have been very different. This book is a -collection of his writings from 1954 to 2004.

Samuel Charters walks us from Houston, Texas alongside "Lightnin'" Hopkins and "Thunder" Smith to Memphis and Willie B, and on to St. Louis. The book includes chapters from his writing on the poetry of the blues and on country music.

Samuel Charters has written several books on the blues, as well as novels and memoirs. Many of his original recordings of artists who never reached a recording studio are available on CD.

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Walking a blues road: a selection of blues writing, 1956-2004

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Though some credible compilations of blues album liner notes and cover art exist, with many available in musician festschrift, the field has long been ripe for something more comprehensive. In the ... Read full review

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This is a selection primarily of album notes Charters wrote. Some of these are more interesting as a historical look at album notes than as a historical look at the blues :) There are also some ... Read full review

Contents

What We Write About When We Write
11
Beginnings
23
The Country Blues
36
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Now in his seventies, Sam Charters is a jazz expert with over 11 books on jazz to his name. His 1959 book The Country Blues was the first serious examination of this seedbed of virtually all American music. He followed this book with The Legacy of the Blues and The Roots of the Blues (all Marion Boyars publications).

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