Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters who Revolutionized American Music

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2008 - Music - 449 pages
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The blues grew out of the plantations and prisons, the swampy marshes and fertile cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. With original research and keen insights, Ted Gioia—the author of a landmark study of West Coast jazz and the critically acclaimed The History of Jazz—brings to life the stirring music of the Delta, evoking the legendary figures who shaped its sound and ethos: Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, and others. Tracing the history of the Delta blues from the field hollers and plantation music of the nineteenth century to the exploits of modern-day musicians in the Delta tradition, Delta Blues tells the full story of this timeless and unforgettable music. No cultural force boasts such humble origins or such world-conquering reverberations. In this evocative rags-to-riches tale, Gioia shows how the sounds of the Delta altered the course of popular music in America and in the world beyond.
 

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Well-known jazz pianist and author Gioia (The History of Jazz) recently took a serious interest in blues music. Here, he begins with a brief explanation about the African roots of the music and ... Read full review

Contents

the blues and the old kingdoms
1
where the southern cross the dog
19
dockerys plantation
45
parchman prison
77
hard time killin floor
111
hellhound on my trail
149
Im a rolling stone
191
hookers boogie
233
smokestack lightnin
273
riding with the king
309
the blues revival
347
notes
401
100 essential blues performances
417
for further reading
423
index
427
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An authority on jazz and blues, Ted Gioia is the founder and editor of jazz.com . He has recorded several CDs as a pianist and composer and is the author of five highly regarded books on jazz and roots music. He lives in Plano, Texas.

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