Blues: The Basics

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Psychology Press, 2005 - Music - 206 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Documented Beginnings of the Classic and Rural Blues
28
Jazz Influences on the Blues
43
The Jug Bands
50
Piedmont and Other Regional Styles
71
Holy Blues
77
19351950
83
John Lee Hooker and B B King
89
19601980
100
The Blues Goes Abroad
113
Building a New Blues Audience
120
Summary
129
The Emergence of Young Black Blues Artists
135
Zydeco
141
Appendix
157
Index
191

New York and the Doowop Groups 45
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Dick Weissman was Associate Professor of Music and Music Industry Studies from 1990-2002 at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has published many books on music, notably The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self-Defense, now in its third edition. He lives in Portland, OR.

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