The History of the Blues
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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Review: The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The PeopleUser Review - Bill - Goodreads
A fascinating survey of the history of the blues with historical, social and cultural perspectives. This inspired me to create a Delta Blues Chronological History playlist on Spotify, from Mamie Smith to BB King. Read full review
Review: The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The PeopleUser Review - Richard Staines - Goodreads
I f you want to know about the blues, it's history, the characters, the names, then this is a great book. I liked it at least. Though for me by the time we get to BB King and beyond I'm not so ... Read full review