American roots music

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H.N. Abrams, 2001 - Music - 232 pages
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The companion volume to the four-part prime-time PBS series, American Roots Music digs down deep, past today's pop and rock, to uncover the blues, gospel, folk, country & western, and other traditional genres at the heart of the nation's musical heritage. Telling the compelling tales of the pioneers, entrepreneurs, and artists who brought it to the world stage, it profiles the Singing Brakeman Jimmie Rodgers, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson, pardoned convict Lead Belly, Dust Bowl poet laureate Woody Guthrie, electric blues pioneer Muddy Waters, honky-tonker Hank Williams, protester Pete Seeger, and blues-guitar legend B. B. King, among hundreds of colorful personalities.

Including incisive essays, informative sidebars, and firstperson narratives from key artists, this book presents both personal and historical perspectives. Portraits, performance shots, and ephemera such as sheet music and record sleeves illustrate the authoritative text.

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Both editors hold positions at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, where ROBERT SANTELLI is Director of Education and EMILY DAVIDSON is Education Program Coordinator.

Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer and editor who has contributed to more than forty books about rock & roll. She is the author of "Punk 365", "Grateful Dead 365", and "Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry", among other books. She cowrote "The Road to Woodstock" and is coeditor of "The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll", "Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey", and "Farm Aid: A Song for America". Her writing has appeared in such publications as the "New York Times", "Rolling Stone", "Entertainment Weekly", "Mojo", and the "Village Voice".

Brown is director and producer of music documentaries and television concerts.

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