Blues Faces: A Portrait of the Blues

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David R. Godine Publisher, 2000 - Music - 138 pages
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"For more than fifty years the blues and the singers who sang them were nearly forgotten. Not until Samuel Charters published his seminal The Country Blues in 1959 did a new wave of interest in this great American musical form take root." "As new audiences were learning about the blues through his records and books, they were also seeing the blues through the photos of his wife, Ann Charters. Although better known today as a Beat scholar, biographer of Jack Kerouac, and anthologist of short fiction, she was for years on the other side of the microphones with her camera. This book is a collection of her blues portraits, along with some by her husband of singers she didn't have the chance to meet. The photographs were used on record covers, on book jackets, and to illustrate books and articles. Some have never before been published. Blues Faces gathers this rich harvest for the first time, with Sam Charters adding a warmly personal commentary that complements the images and completes this fascinating portrait of a vital musical style."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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In this evocative collaboration, the Charters recognize that the blues has more than one face. With photographs (mostly by Ann, editor of The Portable Beat Reader) and commentary (by Sam, The Country ... Read full review



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Ann Charters received her B.A. at Berkeley and her Ph.D. at Columbia. She first met Kerouac at a poetry reading in Berkeley in 1956, and compiled a comprehensive bibliography of his work in 1967. A professor of English at the University of Connecticut, she is also the editor of "Selected Letters of Jack Kerouac" and the "Portable Kerouac Reader,"" "and the author of "Beats and Company: Portrait of a Literary Generation,"

Samuel Charters was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 1, 1929. After serving in the Army during the Korean War, he spent time in New Orleans, where he played clarinet, banjo and washboard in bands and studied with the jazz clarinetist George Lewis. He received a degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. His first book, The Country Blues, was published in 1959 and was released in tandem with an album also entitled The Country Blues. His other books included The Roots of the Blues, The Legacy of the Blues, The Poetry of the Blues, The Bluesmen, Jazz New Orleans, A Language of Song: Journeys in the Musical World of the African Diaspora, Songs of Sorrow, and The Harry Bright Dances. He also produced albums including Chicago: The Blues Today! and the first four albums by Country Joe and the Fish. He published several poetry collections including Things to Do Around Piccadilly and What Paths, What Journeys as well as several novels including Louisiana Black and Elvis Presley Calls His Mother After the Ed Sullivan Show. He also translated works by Swedish authors and wrote a book in Swedish entitled Spelmannen, about Swedish fiddlers. He died of myelodysplastic syndrome, a type of bone marrow cancer, on March 18, 2015 at the age of 85.

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