Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music

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W. W. Norton & Company, Nov 2, 2009 - Music - 480 pages
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“The essential history of this distinctly American genre.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In this “expertly researched, elegantly written, dispassionate yet thoughtful history” (Gary Giddins), award-winning author Ted Gioia gives us “the rare combination of a tome that is both deeply informative and enjoyable to read” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). From the field hollers of nineteenth-century plantations to Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Delta Blues delves into the uneasy mix of race and money at the point where traditional music became commercial and bluesmen found new audiences of thousands. Combining extensive fieldwork, archival research, interviews with living musicians, and first-person accounts with “his own calm, argument-closing incantations to draw a line through a century of Delta blues” (New York Times), this engrossing narrative is flavored with insightful and vivid musical descriptions that ensure “an understanding of not only the musicians, but the music itself” (Boston Sunday Globe). Rooted in the thick-as-tar Delta soil, Delta Blues is already “a contemporary classic in its field” (Jazz Review).
 

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Review: Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music

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an impressive overview of delta blues music and its pantheon of stellar musicians. gioia does a masterful job of bringing both the giants of the genre, and the overlooked geniuses of the form, to vivid life on the page. Read full review

Review: Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music

User Review  - Goodreads

an impressive overview of delta blues music and its pantheon of stellar musicians. gioia does a masterful job of bringing both the giants of the genre, and the overlooked geniuses of the form, to vivid life on the page. Read full review

Contents

where the southern cross the dog
19
dockerys plantation
45
parchman prison
77
hard time killin floor
111
hellhound on my trail
149
im a rolling stone
191
hookers boogie
233
smokestack lightnin
273
riding with the king
309
the blues revival
347
notes
401
recommended listening
417
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About the author (2009)

An authority on jazz and blues, Ted Gioia is the founder and editor of jazz.com. He has recorded several CDs as a pianist and composer and is the author of five highly regarded books on jazz and roots music. He lives in Plano, Texas.

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