Blues is the cornerstone of American popular music, the bedrock of rock and roll. In this extraordinary musical and social history, Robert Palmer traces the odyssey of the blues from its rural beginnings, to the steamy bars of Chicago's South Side, to international popularity, recognition, and imitation. Palmer tells the story of the blues through the lives of its greatest practitioners: Robert Johnson, who sang of being pursued by the hounds of hell; Muddy Waters, who electrified Delta blues and gave the music its rock beat; Robert Lockwood and Sonny Boy Williamson, who launched the King Biscuit Time radio show and brought blues to the airwaves; and John Lee Hooker, Ike Turner, B. B. King, and many others. Book jacket.
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Review: Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi DeltaUser Review - Graham Tennyson - Goodreads
Best general book about the blues I've read, so far. It is a bit old now, early eighties, but it is still a great introduction to this fascinating form of deep expression. Palmer takes us on a journey ... Read full review
Review: Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi DeltaUser Review - Tim Fiester - Goodreads
This was an informative book, with me discovering a bunch of new artists to check out. I also learned a lot about the Mississippi Delta region and its rich tradition of the blues. The author never ... Read full review