Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey

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Harper Collins, Apr 19, 2011 - Music - 288 pages
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A companion to the groundbreaking PBS documentary series, this volume is a unique and timeless celebration of the blues, from writers and artists as esteemed and revered as the music that moved them.

Included in this stunning collection are

  • Essays by David Halberstam, Hilton Als, Suzan-Lori Parks, Elmore Leonard, Luc Sante, John Edgar Wideman, and many others
  • Timeless archival pieces by writers such as Stanley Booth, Paul Oliver, and Mack McCormick
  • Evocative color illustrations and rare vintage photography
  • Illuminating and in-depth conversations and portraits of musicians, ranging from Robert Johnson and Bessie Smith to John Lee Hooker and Eric Clapton
  • Lyrics of legendary blues compositions
  • Personal essays by the series directors Martin Scorsese, Charles Burnett, Richard Pearce, Wim Wenders, Marc Levin, Mike Figgis, and Clint Eastwood
  • Excerpts from literary masters James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and William FaulknerTracing the art form's path from juke joints, house parties, and recording studios to musicians such as Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles, Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues proves, in the words of Willie Dixon, "The blues are the roots; every-thing else is the fruits."
 

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Contents

Preface By Martin Scorsese
Foreword
The Process
An Introductory Note By Peter Guralnick
A CENTURY OF THE BLUES
FEEL LIKE GOING HOME
SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY MORNING BY CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY
HELLHOUND ON MY TRAIL
DRIVING MR JAMES BY JOHN SZWED
CLIFFORD ANTONE ON LIVIN AND LOVIN THE BLUES
JIMMIE VAUGHAN ON BEING BORN INTO THE BLUES
SOMETHIN THAT REACH BACK IN YOUR LIFE
GODFATHERS AND SONS
ADVENTURES IN THE BLUES TRADE BY PETER WOLF
CHICAGO PEP By Robert Palmer From Deep Blues 1982
MEMPHIS MINNIE AND THE CUTTING CONTEST BY CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY

THE BLUES AVANTGARDE BY LUC SANTE
THE LEVEECAMP HOLLER
AUGUST 31 1941
A RIFF ON READING STERLING PLUMPPS POETRY BY JOHN EDGAR WIDEMAN
THANK GOD FOR ROBERT JOHNSON BY ELMORE LEONARD
HOWLIN WOLF BY GREG TATE
JIM DICKINSON AND HIS SON LUTHER ON COMING OF AGE IN THE NORTH MISSISSIPPI HILL COUNTRY
WHY I WEAR MY MOJO HAND By Robert Palmer From the Oxford American music issue 1997
SOUND TRAVELS BY CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY
FRENCH TALKING BLUES BY CATHERINE NEDONCHELLE
WARMING BY THE DEVILS FIRE
WHO KILLED THE EMPRESS? BY CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY
MA RAINEY
A NIGHT WITH BESSIE SMITH
BILLIE HOLIDAY BY HILTON ALS
EARLY DOWNHOME BLUES RECORDINGS
A GUIDE TO THE PARTY BLUES BY JAMES MARSHALL
REMEMBERING ROBERT JOHNSON By Johnny Shines From The American Folk Music Occasional 1970
THE DEVILS SONINLAW
HOBOING WITH BIG JOE
THE LITTLE CHURCH
DOWN AT THE CROSS
REDEMPTION SONG
THE ROAD TO MEMPHIS
FURRYS BLUES 1966
RECALLING BEALE STREET IN ITS GLORY
LOVE THROAT OF THE BLUES BY ROBERT GORDON
THE RIVERS INVITATION
ON THE ROAD WITH LOUIS ARMSTRONG BY DAVID HALBERSTAM
WOLF LIVE IN 65
THE SOUL OF A MAN
BLIND LEMON JEFFERSON AND OTHER VISIONIMPAIRED BLUESMEN BY CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY
BLIND WILLIE MCTELL
LOCATING LIGHTNIN
OUR DEEPEST LOOK AT THE ROOTS
JANIE AND TEA CAKE
PHOTOGRAPHER PETER AMFT ON JB LENOIR
HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH MEMPHIS MINNIE By Langston Hughes From the Chicago Defender January 9 1943
A FRIENDSHIP FOR THE AGES BY STUDS TERKEL AND JEFF SCHEFTEL
CHICAGO BLUES SIXTIES STYLE
GETTING A HIT BLUES RECORD
AND ITS DEEP TOO BY TOURE
GUITARIST HUBERT SUMLIN
ME AND BIG JOE
PHOTOGRAPHER PETER AMFT ON CHICAGO BLUESMEN
BUDDY GUY ARRIVES IN CHICAGO
THE GIFT BY PAUL OSCHER
HOW I MET MY HUSBAND BY SUZANLORI PARKS
RED WHITE AND BLUES
A CONVERSATION WITH ERIC CLAPTON 1990 BY PETER GURALNICK
KEY TO THE HIGHWAY BY CHRISTOPHER JOHN FARLEY
THE FIRST TIME I MET THE BLUES
THE ROLLING STONES COME TOGETHER
THE ROLLING STONES
PIANO BLUES AND BEYOND
BLUES AND GONE
ON LEARNING TO PLAY THE BLUES
POWERHOUSE
RAY CHARLES DISCOVERS THE PIANO
FINDING PROFESSOR LONGHAIR By
DR JOHN AND JOEL DORN ON NEW ORLEANS PIANO STYLES
MARCIA BALL ON BIG EASY BLUES
CHRIS THOMAS KINGS TWENTYFIRSTCENTURY BLUES
SHEMEKIA COPELAND ON HER MELTINGPOT BLUES
MY JOURNEY TO THE BLUES
THE BLUES IS THE BLOOD
Afterword
Attributions and Sources
Contributors
Photo Credits
Acknowledgments
Copyright
About the Publisher
Copyright

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Peter Guralnick is the author of numerous seminal works of music and popular culture, including Searching for Roberth Johnson and a two-volume biography of Elvis Presley. He lives in West Newbury, Massachusetts.

Robert Santelli is the Executive Director of the Experience Music Project and author/editor of The Big Book of the Blues and American Roots Music; he lives in Seattle.

Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer and editor who has contributed to more than forty books about rock & roll. She is the author of Punk 365, Grateful Dead 365, and Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry, among other books. She cowrote The Road to Woodstock and is coeditor of The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey, and Farm Aid: A Song for America. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, and the Village Voice.

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