Harmonicas, Harps and Heavy Breathers: The Evolution of the People's Instrument

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Cooper Square Press, Feb 16, 2000 - Music - 392 pages
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The harmonica is one of the most important, yet overlooked, instruments in music. This definitive volume celebrates the history of the world's most popular musical device, its impact on various forms of music, folk, country, blues, rock, jazz and classical music. The author traces the development of the harmonica from the ancient Chinese sheng to futuristic harmonica sythesizers. Nearly seventy harmonica masters are profiled including Stevie Wonder, Little Walter, Bob Dylan, Jimmy Reed, Charlie McCoy, Sonny Terry, and John Popper. This updated edition includes an extensive new afterword, an expanded discography of the finest harmonica recordings, and a listing of the best harmonica resources on the internet.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Introduction
13
East Meets West
19
America
33
The Bands
43
The Soloists
75
Folk Music
95
Country Music
115
Jazz
241
Hollywood
269
Classical Music
283
Epilogue
311
Afterword
315
Selected Discography
331
Internet Resources
343
Bibliography
347

The Blues
157
Rock and Roll
201
Soul Music
233
Index
355
About the Author
367
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Field has played the harmonica for more than two decades in various bands on both coasts.

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