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Barrelhouse Blues: Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues by Paul Oliver BOOK

Barrelhouse Blues: Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues by Paul Oliver BOOK

In the 1920s, Southern record companies ventured to cities like Dallas, Atlanta, and New Orleans, where they set up primitive recording equipment in makeshift studios. They brought in street singers, medicine show performers, pianists from the juke joints and barrelhouses. The music that circulated through Southern work camps, prison farms, and vaudeville shows would be lost to us if it hadn’t been captured on location by these performers and recorders. Eminent blues historian Paul Oliver...
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Big Road Blues 12 Bars On I-80 by Mark Hummel BOOK

Big Road Blues 12 Bars On I-80 by Mark Hummel BOOK

Big Road Blues - 12 Bars On I-80 is the often irreverent blues memoir by blues harmonica man Mark Hummel. Fact and fiction combine in this memoir in a variety of hilarious to frustrating incidents taken from twenty six years on the blues highway. Big Road Blues tells the story of a blues musician's life and trials, driving to and entertaining in clubs with his band, as they travel around the USA and the world. Mick Jagger and Sting lead the glamorous life on the road but not so with Hummel and h...
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Blue Monday Fats Domino And The Lost Dawn Of Rock N Roll BOOK

Blue Monday Fats Domino And The Lost Dawn Of Rock N Roll BOOK

While many think of Elvis Presley as rock ’n’ roll’s driving force, the truth is that Fats Domino, whose records have sold more than 100 million copies, was the first to put it on the map with such hits as “Ain’t That a Shame” and “Blueberry Hill.” In Blue Monday, acclaimed R&B scholar Rick Coleman draws on a multitude of new interviews with Fats Domino and many other early musical legends to create a definitive biography of not just a...
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Blues Shots Photographs By Erik Lindahl BOOK

Blues Shots Photographs By Erik Lindahl BOOK

Swedish photographer Erik Lindahl has a singular passion - the blues. Over the past 25 years he's repeatedly crossed the Atlantic for pilgrimages to the home of the blues, such as Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Chicago and L.A.. The photographs include legendary performers including Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy share these pages with lesser known but colorful figures including Junior Kimbrough, James "Tail Dragger" Jones and T-Model Ford. 146 pages of beautiful black &...
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Broadcasting The Blues Book

Broadcasting The Blues Book

Black Blues In The Segregation Era by Paul Oliver

Broadcasting the Blues: Black Blues in the Segregation Era is based on Paul Oliver's award-winning radio broadcasts from the BBC that were created over several decades. It traces the social history of the blues in America, from its birth in the rural South through the heyday of sound recordings. Noted blues scholar Paul Oliver draws on decades of research and personal interviews with performers -- some of whom he...
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Can't Be Satisfied: The Life & Times Of Muddy Waters Book

Can't Be Satisfied: The Life & Times Of Muddy Waters Book

The epic, rollicking, up-and-down life of Muddy Waters, who went from Mississippi farmhand to musical legend, who invented electric blues and created the template for the rock-and-roll band and its wild lifestyle, is brought into sharp focus in this widely acclaimed biography. photos.
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Chicago Blues: The City And The Music by Mike Rowe

Chicago Blues: The City And The Music by Mike Rowe

Chicago has always had a reputation as a ”wide open town” with a high tolerance for gangsters, illegal liquor, and crooked politicians. It has also been the home for countless black musicians and the birthplace of a distinctly urban blues—more sophisticated, cynical, and street-smart than the anguished songs of the Mississippi delta—a music called the Chicago blues. This is the history of that music and the dozens of black artists who congregated on the South and Near Wes...
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Children of the Blues BOOk

Children of the Blues BOOk

By Art Tipaldi This book journeys across America to explore the storied generation of new blues musicians: the biological and spiritual children fathered and mentored by the masters of the blues. Stoking the '60s blues revival, and standing at the vanguard of the next evolution, these young players walked through the doors opened by their fathers—and have kept them open, strengthening a timeless art form. This new generation—from Taj Mahal and Charlie Musselwhite to ...
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Covering Blues: Thirty Classic Album Covers-A Book Of Postcards

Covering Blues: Thirty Classic Album Covers-A Book Of Postcards

This book of postcards features thirty reproductions of album covers from classic blues recordings housed in the enviable vaults of the Concord Music Group. Including albums by Albert King, Willie Dixon, Odetta, the Reverand Gary Davis, and Memphis Slim, this collection concentrates (although not exclusively) on music made during the 1950s and 1960s, a prolific period that produced many classic and collectible blues recordings.
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Feel Like Going Home by Peter Guralnick

Feel Like Going Home by Peter Guralnick

Peter Guralnick's writings on music and musicians are unique in the literature of American popular culture. His first three books, Feel Like Going Home, Lost Highway, and Sweet Soul Music-which together form a sort of trilogy trace twentieth-century American popular music to its roots by bringing to life the people, the songs, and the performances that forever changed not only the American music scene but America itself. This vivid celebration of the building blocks of blues and early rock 'n' r...
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Guitar World Presents Stevie Ray Vaughan BOOK

Guitar World Presents Stevie Ray Vaughan BOOK

Stevie Ray Vaughan, bluesman, guitarist, and legend, was only 35 at the time of his death, but in his brief lifetime he managed to revitalize the blues, influence a generation of guitarists, and produce a phenomenal body of work. His story is told here in Guitar World Presents Stevie Ray Vaughan, a newly updated and expanded collection of articles about the great guitarist from the pages of Guitar World magazine. This deluxe volume features probing interviews held over the year...
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Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes In Search Of Blind Willie McTell BOOK

Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes In Search Of Blind Willie McTell BOOK

By the time he died in 1959, Blind Willie McTell was almost forgotten. He had never had a hit record, and his days of playing on street corners for spare change were long gone. But this masterful guitarist and exquisite singer has since become one of the most loved musicians of the prewar period, spurring Bob Dylan to write, “Nobody can sing the blues like Blind Willie McTell.” Now this richly evocative and wide-ranging biography illuminates for the first time the world of this elusi...
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Highway 61 Crossroads On The Blues Highway by Derek Bright BOOK

Highway 61 Crossroads On The Blues Highway by Derek Bright BOOK

A musical pilgrimage unraveling the true history of the blues.
A history of the legendary blues highway and the route taken by modern-day blues pilgrims on their journey south into the Mississippi Delta, this book draws on the work of the early musicologists looking for an authentic Delta folk music in the 1930s, to the record collectors from the northern cities in the 1950s. It examines the campaigns of the Popular Front in the 1940s as it looked for a musical form arising...
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I Am The Blues-The Willie Dixon Story BOOK

I Am The Blues-The Willie Dixon Story BOOK

These are just a few of Willie Dixon's contributions to blues, R&B, and rock'n'roll—songs performed by artists as varied as the Rolling Stones, Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, ZZ Top, the Doors, Sonny Boy Williamson, the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, Megadeth, Eric Clapton, Let Zepplin, Tesla, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jeff Healey. I Am the Blues captures Willie Dixon's inimitable voice and character as he tells his life story: the segregation of Visksburg Mississi...
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In Search Of The Blues By Marybeth Hamilton BOOK

In Search Of The Blues By Marybeth Hamilton BOOK

In this extraordinary reconstruction of the origins of the blues, historian Marybeth Hamilton demonstrates that the story as we know it is largely a myth. Following the trail of characters like Howard Odum, who combed Mississippi’s back roads with a cylinder phonograph to record vagrants, John and Alan Lomax, who prowled Southern penitentiaries and unearthed the rough, melancholy vocals of Leadbelly, and James McKune, a recluse whose record collection came to define the primal sounds of th...
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In The Belly Of The Blues

In The Belly Of The Blues

Chicago to Boston to L.A. 1969 to 1983. A memoir. By Terry Abrahamson.

"I took these photos were taken between 1969 and 1983 with a Kodak Instamatic and flashcubes, a Minolta SLR and a mini-Chinon with Lincoln Continental suicide doors. Some were sent out for processing at corner drugstores. Some were processed and printed by me in darkrooms in Boston. Most of the musicians on these pages are gone, and we won't see their kind again. But they should be remembered and cele...
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Levon Helm Midnight Ramble BOOK

Levon Helm Midnight Ramble BOOK

The official record of the incredible down-home jam sessions held by Levon Helm, the charismatic drummer, singer, and sometimes mandolin player for The Band. Accompanying the spectacular photos are testimonials and remembrances from the notable blues entertainers and musicians who joined the Ramble. This book captures what it was like to be there. Photographer Paul LaRaia's photos are up close and personal, each shot capturing the texture and nuance of the music in the gorgeous setting of Levon ...
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Lightnin' Hopkins His Life And Blues BOOK

Lightnin' Hopkins His Life And Blues BOOK

By the time of his death in 1982, Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins was likely the most recorded blues artist in history. This brilliant new biography--the first book ever written about him--illuminates the many contradictions of the man and his myth.

Born in 1912 to a poor sharecropping family in the cotton country between Dallas and Houston, Hopkins left home when he was only eight years old with a guitar his brother had given him. He made his living however he could, sticking t...
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Lost Highway by Peter Guralnick

Lost Highway by Peter Guralnick

Peter Guralnick's writings on music an musicians are unique in the literature of American popular culture. His first three books, Feel Like Going Home, Lost Highway, and Sweet Soul Music-which together form a sort of trilogy that has achieved classic status-trace twentieth-century American popular music to its roots by bringing to life the people, the songs, and the performances that forever changed not only the American music scene but America itself. This stirring tribute to American roots mus...
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Louisiana Music BOOK

Louisiana Music BOOK

What is it about Louisiana that breeds and attracts musicians? There are literally hundreds of them—Dr. John, Harry Connick, Jr., Randy Newman, Trent Reznor, the Neville family, the Marsalis family—all part of a tradition going back to Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, Professor Longhair, Jelly Roll Morton, Buddy Bolden, and Mahalia Jackson. Tackling the monumental task of surveying the lush musical landscape of the state, Rick Koster examines all of the ingredients that went into creati...
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Midnight Riders The Story Of The Allman Brothers Band

Midnight Riders The Story Of The Allman Brothers Band

Among the most popular and innovative American rock groups of the last few decades, but also among the most fraught with infighting and scandal, the Allman Brothers band has had a turbulent history, and freelance journalist Scott Freeman's well-written and meticulously researched band bio is an engrossing read. Describing with equal candor the group's greatest triumphs--its unique fusion of blues, rock and country music traditions, and its claim to have put "Southern rock" on the map, as well as...
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Moanin' At Midnight: The Life & Times Of Howlin' Wolf

Moanin' At Midnight: The Life & Times Of Howlin' Wolf

One of the greatest artists the blues ever produced, Howlin' Wolf was a musical giant in every way. He stood six foot three, weighed almost three hundred pounds, wore size sixteen shoes, and poured out his darkest sorrows onstage in a voice that captured all the pain of growing up black and poor in Jim Crow Mississippi. Half a century after his first hits, his sound still terrifies and inspires.
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Nothing But The Blues BOOK

Nothing But The Blues BOOK

This 432 page book takes you through a complete history of the blues with hundred of photos and memorabillia. By far the best complete book of the blues to date. At root, the blues is rich in its simplicity, but it has flowered across the years in a variety of rare complexity. Perhaps no form of popular art is more immediately appealing than the blues, yet so rewards a thorough knowledge of its finer points. In eleven authoritative essays commissioned especially for the book, Nothing But the Blu...
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Relix The Book The Grateful Dead Experience

Relix The Book The Grateful Dead Experience

30 Years Of Mind-Melting Art, Interviews, Anecdotes and More! For the first time in one volume, here is the best of Relix magazine: the ultimate, spectacular history of the Grateful Dead and their fans.
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Roadhouse Blues Stevie Ray Vaughan And Texas R&B BOOK

Roadhouse Blues Stevie Ray Vaughan And Texas R&B BOOK

By Hugh Gregory Texas is the honorary home of roadhouse music, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughan its uncrowned king. More than just a biography and musical exploration of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roadhouse Blues tells the stories of the great Texan musicians that came before him and influenced him so deeply. It puts in context Stevie Ray's rise to fame – including the part played by his family, his friends, his heroes (like Jimi Hendrix), and his addiction to drink and drugs &nda...
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Rolling Stones Gear BOOK

Rolling Stones Gear BOOK

An amazing book! Beautifully put together. Rolling Stones Gear is the first book to historically document all of the Rolling Stones' musical equipment. It's also the story of the Rolling Stones, but with a new twist: their history as told through the instruments they used. This book covers not only the group's personal background, but also every tour and studio session from their inception in 1962 to date, with detailed documentation illustrating what instruments and equipment were used...
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Roy Buchanan American Axe BOOK

Roy Buchanan American Axe BOOK

Roy Buchanan left home in 1956 with his guitar and a dream, as rock 'n' roll grabbed America. For the next 30 years he traveled the country, soaking up influences and melding blues, country, jazz, and rock like no player before or since. He preferred to play clubs, yet he reached Carnegie Hall. He is said to have spurned an offer to play for the Rolling Stones. He rebuffed Bob Dylan, John Lennon, and Paul McCartney. Hailed as the genius to succeed Jimi Hendrix, he seemed disinterested. A contrad...
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Super Louella (Children's Book Inspired by the music of Marcia Ball)

Super Louella (Children's Book Inspired by the music of Marcia Ball)

By Wendy Hundere Parnell - Inspired By The Music Of Marcia Ball

This 32-page children's picture book is inspired by the music of Marcia Ball.

There are over thirty references to Marcia Balls's music in Super Louella

Super Louella is trying to decide which superpower she has and which is the best. Is she super strong or super fast or maybe she has x-ray vision? Everything Louella tries as a superhero goes wrong. Will she ever find he...
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Sweet Soul Music BOOK

Sweet Soul Music BOOK

by Peter Guralnick Peter Guralnick's writings on music and musicians are unique in the literature of American popular culture. His first three books, Feel Like Going Home, Lost Highway, and Sweet Soul Music-which together form a sort of trilogy that has achieved classic status-trace twentieth-century American popular music to its roots by bringing to life the people, the songs, and the performances that forever changed not only the American music scene but America itself. Here, ...
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The B.B. King Treasures Book w/CD

The B.B. King Treasures Book w/CD

Photos, Mementos & Music From B.B. King's Collection by B.B. King & Dick Waterman This intimate portrait of living legend B.B. King celebrates the blues singer and guitarist with 75 color and black-and-white photos, facsimile reproductions of items from his personal archive, and a 60-minute audio CD featuring unreleased songs and interviews.
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The History of the Blues:The Roots, the Music, the People by Francis Davis

The History of the Blues:The Roots, the Music, the People by Francis Davis

Francis Davis's The History of the Blues is a groundbreaking rethinking of the blues that fearlessly examines how race relations have altered perceptions of the music. Tracing its origins from the Mississippi Delta to its amplification in Chicago right after World War II, Davis argues for an examination of the blues in its own right, not just as a precursor to jazz and rock 'n' roll. The lives of major figures such as Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly, in addition to contemporary art...
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The Jazz & Blues Lover's Guide To The U.S.

The Jazz & Blues Lover's Guide To The U.S.

Where did Charlie Parker first play with Dizzy Gillespie? What are the coolest clubs in Chicago? Which city has the largest jazz museum? Where is Howlin’ Wolf buried? The answers can be found in The Da Capo Jazz and Blues Lover's Guide to the U.S., an insiders look at all the places where jazz and blues live, from national clubs to unmarked holes in the wall, in twenty-five cities and the Mississippi Delta. With the most up-to-date listings for festivals, historic theaters, record stores, ...
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The Land Where The Blues Began By Alan Lomax BOOK

The Land Where The Blues Began By Alan Lomax BOOK

A self-described “song-hunter,” the folklorist Alan Lomax traveled the Mississippi Delta in the 1930’s and ‘40s, armed with primitive recording equipment and a keen love of the Delta’s music heritage. Crisscrossing the towns and hamlets where the blues began, Lomax gave voice to such greats as Leadbelly, Fred MacDowell, Muddy Waters, and many others, all of whom made their debut recordings with him.

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The Life And Legend Of Leadbelly BOOK

The Life And Legend Of Leadbelly BOOK

Huddie Ledbetter (1889–1949), known to millions of fans simply as Leadbelly, was arguably the most famous black singer in American history. His close musical associations included such towering figures as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and John and Alan Lomax. He helped lay the foundations for blues, modern folk music, and rock 'n' roll. This definitive biography draws on a wealth of new archival material, interviews, and previously unknown recordings to detail Leadbell...
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The Voice Of The Blues Book

The Voice Of The Blues Book

Classic Interviews From Living Blues Magazine

Edited by Jim O' Neal And Amy Van Singel

A collection of interviews conducted from 1967/68 to 1981, originally published in Living Blues, America's first blues magazine, with chapters expanded for this book to include introductions, postscripts, editors' notes, and previously unpublished questions and answers from several interviews.
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Today's Chicago Blues

Today's Chicago Blues

By Karen Hanson. More blues musicians live and work in the city of Chicago than in any other city in the world, and more clubs devoted entirely to the blues thrive here than in any other metropolitan area. A more in-depth look at the city's blues scene than typical guidebooks offer, this up-to-date resource offers both newcomers and longtime devotees a handy and informative way to enrich their experience of this celebrated musical genre and city.
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Ultimate Hendrix BOOK

Ultimate Hendrix BOOK

An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Live Concerts and Sessions
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Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin

Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin

The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time. Now in paperback, the first-ever complete illustrated history of the heaviest rock 'n' roll band of all time! This beautiful, jam-packed book includes an all-star tribute in words and hundreds of photos, featuring: Joe Perry of Aerosmith; Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart; Peter Frampton; Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad; Mike Watt of the Minutemen and Stooges; and Tod Cubler of the Hold Steady. Includes works of rock writers and photographe...
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