Blues: The Basics

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Music - 206 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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Contents

Introduction
1
Documented Beginnings of the Classic and Rural Blues
28
Jazz Influences on the Blues
43
The Jug Bands
50
Piedmont and Other Regional Styles
71
Holy Blues
77
19351950
83
John Lee Hooker and B B King
89
19601980
100
The Blues Goes Abroad
113
Building a New Blues Audience
120
Summary
129
The Emergence of Young Black Blues Artists
135
Zydeco
141
Appendix
157
Index
191

New York and the Doowop Groups 45
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About the author (2005)

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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