The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People

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Da Capo Press, Sep 4, 2003 - Music - 309 pages
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Francis Davis's The History of the Blues is a groundbreaking rethinking of the blues that fearlessly examines how race relations have altered perceptions of the music. Tracing its origins from the Mississippi Delta to its amplification in Chicago right after World War II, Davis argues for an examination of the blues in its own right, not just as a precursor to jazz and rock 'n' roll. The lives of major figures such as Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly, in addition to contemporary artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray, are examined and skillfully woven into a riveting, provocative narrative.
 

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THE HISTORY OF THE BLUES: The Roots, the Music, the People--From Charley Patton to Robert Cray

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A quirky inquiry into the nature of the blues. Although written to accompany a three-part series on PBS, this book is more substantive than most TV tie-ins. Davis (Outcats, 1990, etc.), music critic ... Read full review

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User Review  - atyson - LibraryThing

A highly-readable and up-to-date history of the blues. The author is not averse to debunking, whilst simultaneously indulging, many of the myths that have grown up around the music. For beginners this ... Read full review

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About the author (2003)

Francis Davis is a contributing editor of the Atlantic Monthly and writes regularly for the New York Times and the New Yorker. He is the author of the acclaimed books Outcats and History of the Blues and a biography of John Coltrane (Knopf). He lives in Philadelphia.

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