Blues: The Basics
Blues: The Basics gives a brief introduction to a century of the blues; it is ideal for students and interested listeners who want to learn more about this treasured American artform. The book is organized chronologically, focusing on the major eras in blues's growth and development. It opens with a chapter defining the blues form and detailing the major genres within it. Next, the author gives the beginning blues fan points on how to listen to and truly enjoy the music. The heart of the book traces blues's growth from its folk origins through early recordings of city blues singers like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith and country blues stars like Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Finally, the author gives an overview of the blues scene today. The book concludes with lists of key recordings, books, and videos.
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Documented Beginnings of the Classic and Rural Blues
Jazz Influences on the Blues
The Jug Bands
Piedmont and Other Regional Styles
John Lee Hooker and B B King
The Blues Goes Abroad
Building a New Blues Audience
The Emergence of Young Black Blues Artists
New York and the Doowop Groups 45
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