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

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

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a€œThe essential history of this distinctly American genre.a€a€”Atlanta Journal-Constitution In this a€œexpertly researched, elegantly written, dispassionate yet thoughtful historya€ (Gary Giddins), award-winning author Ted Gioia gives us a€œthe rare combination of a tome that is both deeply informative and enjoyable to reada€ (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 a€œhis own calm, argument-closing incantations to draw a line through a century of Delta bluesa€ (New York Times), this engrossing narrative is flavored with insightful and vivid musical descriptions that ensure a€œan understanding of not only the musicians, but the music itselfa€ (Boston Sunday Globe). Rooted in the thick-as-tar Delta soil, Delta Blues is already a€œa contemporary classic in its fielda€ (Jazz Review).nobody seemed to notice or care, and as Kinga#39;s career accelerated, Whitea#39;s continued to falter. ... Both would reemerge as celebrated figures in the 1960s, after years of hard manual labora€”both of them unaware of the cult status their songsanbsp;...


Title:Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music
Author: Ted Gioia
Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company - 2009-11-02
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