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50 Women In The Blues HARDCOVER BOOK

50 Women In The Blues HARDCOVER BOOK

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Women have been at the dawn of the blues since Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey were singing about hard knocks and tough love in smoky bars. This book gives an overview of the early days of the blues and its development from the Mississippi Delta to the hometown of electric blues, Chicago, to becoming the global musical movement it is today. Includes: Ma Rainey, Shemekia Copeland, Rosetta Tharpe, Mavis Staples, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Big Mama T...
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Art Of The Blues BOOK

Art Of The Blues BOOK

By Bill Dahl 224 pages | 9 1/2 x 11 | © 2016

This stunning book charts the rich history of the blues, through the dazzling array of posters, album covers, and advertisements that have shaped its identity over the past hundred years. The blues have been one of the most ubiquitous but diverse elements of American popular music at large, and the visual art associated with this unique sound has been just as varied and dynamic. There is no better guide to this fascinating graphical worl...
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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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Bessie Smith - Queen Of The Blues - The Life And Times Of Bessie Smith by Jennifer Warner PAPERBACK

Bessie Smith - Queen Of The Blues - The Life And Times Of Bessie Smith by Jennifer Warner PAPERBACK

The story of one of the greatest blues singers of all time


Nicknamed the Queen of the Blues, Bessie Smith rose up from poverty in the American South to become one of the most famous and respected recording artists of her generation. Smith was at the forefront of transitioning blues music from a rural novelty to a legitimate art form that critics and audiences took seriously.

Behind the scenes of her success, though, Bessie navigated a story family an...
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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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Billy F. Gibbons: Rock & Roll Gearhead HARDCOVER BOOK

Billy F. Gibbons: Rock & Roll Gearhead HARDCOVER BOOK

Expanded for the occasion of ZZ Top’s 50th anniversary, Billy F Gibbons: Rock + Roll Gearhead throws wide Gibbons’ garage and studio doors for an exclusive look at his exquisite collection of cars and guitars.

Love cars, guitars, and ZZ Top? This visually stunning tour through this Grade-A Texas gearhead's weird, wild life, vintage and way-out custom guitars, and influential hot rods and custom cars ...
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BITTEN BY THE BLUES: THE ALLIGATOR RECORDS STORY -  HARDCOVER BOOK

BITTEN BY THE BLUES: THE ALLIGATOR RECORDS STORY - HARDCOVER BOOK

BITTEN BY THE BLUES, THE ALLIGATOR RECORDS STORY, the new book by Alligator President Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts, is in stock and shipping now.

Every book ordered through the Alligator site will be personally autographed by Bruce. If you have a specific request for an autograph, please email us at shipping@allig.com with your order number and your desired inscription. Otherwise the book will be signed to the name in ...
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BITTEN BY THE BLUES: THE ALLIGATOR RECORDS STORY -  PAPERBACK BOOK

BITTEN BY THE BLUES: THE ALLIGATOR RECORDS STORY - PAPERBACK BOOK

BITTEN BY THE BLUES, THE ALLIGATOR RECORDS STORY, the new book by Alligator President Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts, is in stock and shipping now.

Every book ordered through the Alligator site will be personally autographed by Bruce. If you have a specific request for an autograph, please email us at shipping@allig.com with your order number and your desired inscription. Otherwise the book will be signed to the name in th...
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Blue Note Records - The Cover Art Of Blue Note Records The Collection HARDCOVER BOOK

Blue Note Records - The Cover Art Of Blue Note Records The Collection HARDCOVER BOOK

A beautiful hardcover book! Around January of 1956, Francis Wolff met Reid Miles, a commercial artist who was a devout classical music fan. They established a rapport. Beginning with Blue Note's ninth 12-inch album, Reid Miles became the designer for the label for the next eleven years. Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff described the mood and intent of each album then Miles created wonderful graphic covers that were different from each other but retained that indefinable Blue Note look.
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Blues Before Sunrise 2 - Interviews From The Chicago Scene

Blues Before Sunrise 2 - Interviews From The Chicago Scene

In this new collection of interviews, Steve Cushing once again invites readers into the vaults of Blues Before Sunrise, his acclaimed nationally syndicated public radio show. Icons from Memphis Minnie to the Gay Sisters stand alongside figures like schoolteacher Flossie Franklin, who helped Leroy Carr pen some of his most famous tunes; saxman Abb Locke and his buddy Two-Gun Pete, a Chicago cop notorious for killing people in the line of duty; and Scotty "The Dancing Tailor" Piper, a font of know...
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Blues From Laurel Canyon - My Life As A Bluesman John Mayall HARDCOVER BOOK

Blues From Laurel Canyon - My Life As A Bluesman John Mayall HARDCOVER BOOK

John Mayall has played with them all; Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, Andy Fraser... the list goes on. Now, in his 80's, John continues to tour all over the world and perform to sell-out crowds. With an incredible blues career spanning over sixty years, which rightly earning him the title "The Godfather of British Blues," John shares his experiences and encounters in what will be a must read autobiography for any true blues fans.
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Blues Legacy - Tradition And Innovation In Chicago by David Whiteis BOOK

Blues Legacy - Tradition And Innovation In Chicago by David Whiteis BOOK

Released in October 2019 By David Whiteis/Photographs by Peter M. Hurley - David Whiteis delves into how the current and upcoming Chicago blues generations carry on the blues legacy. Drawing on in-person interviews, Whiteis places the artists within the ongoing social and cultural reality their work reflects and helps create. Beginning with James Cotton, Eddie Shaw, Jimmy Johnson, Eddy Clearwater and others, he moves through an all-star council of elders like Otis Rush, Billy Bo...
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Blues with a Feeling The Little Walter Story

Blues with a Feeling The Little Walter Story

Blues with a Feeling explores the life, times, and musical creations of a founder of the Chicago Blues style. Little Walter revolutionized blues harmonica playing, and is generally recognized as the greatest innovator in modern blues. Beginning in the early '50s as a sideman with the legendary Muddy Waters, Walter appeared on many of Muddy's classic recordings through the mid-'60s, even after striking out on his own. Walter had several hits, including the #1 R&B songs, "Juke" and "My Babe," ...
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Bobby

Bobby "Blue" Bland Soul Of The Man by Charles Farley PAPERBACK BOOK

Bobby “Blue” Bland’s silky-smooth vocal style and captivating live performances helped propel the blues out of Delta juke joints and into urban clubs and upscale theaters. Until now, his story has never been told in a book-length biography.

Soul of the Man: Bobby “Blue” Bland relates how Bland, along with longtime friend B. B. King, and other members of the loosely knit group who called themselves the Beale Streeters, forged a new electrified blues ...
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Bobby Rush - I Ain't Studdin' Ya: My American Blues Story PAPERBACK BOOK

Bobby Rush - I Ain't Studdin' Ya: My American Blues Story PAPERBACK BOOK

Experience music history with this memoir by one of the last of the genuine old school Blues and R&B legends, the Grammy-winning dynamic showman Bobby Rush. This memoir charts the extraordinary rise to fame of living blues legend, Bobby Rush. Born Emmett Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, he adopted the stage name Bobby Rush out of respect for his father, a pastor. As a teenager, Rush acquired his first real guitar and started playing in juke joints in Little Rock, Arkansas, do...
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Booker T. Jones - Time Is Tight My Life, Note By Note HARDCOVER BOOK

Booker T. Jones - Time Is Tight My Life, Note By Note HARDCOVER BOOK

The long-awaited memoir of Booker T. Jones, leader of the famed Stax Records house band, architect of the Memphis soul sound, and one of the most legendary figures in music.

From Booker T. Jones's earliest years in segregated Memphis, music was the driving force in his life. While he worked paper routes and played gigs in local nightclubs to pay for lessons and support his family, Jones, on the side, was also recording sessions in what became the famous Stax Studios-al...
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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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Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson

Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson

An intimate memoir by blues legend Robert Johnson's stepsister, including new details about his family, music, influences, tragic death, and musical afterlife

Though Robert Johnson was only twenty-seven years young and relatively unknown at the time of his tragic death in 1938, his enduring recordings have solidified his status as a progenitor of the Delta blues style. And yet, while his music has retained the steadfast devotion of modern listeners, much remains unknown a...
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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 - Images Of America BOOK by Wilbert Jones

Chicago Blues - Images Of America BOOK by Wilbert Jones

By Wilbert Jones Foreward by Kevin Johnson - Blues was once described as the devil s music. It eventually became some of the most beloved American music that was embraced by a global audience. Originating in African American communities in the South in the late 1800s, it was inspired by gospel and spiritual music sung by field hands and sharecroppers who worked on plantations. During the Great Migration from the early 1900s to the mid-1970s, many African Americans moved north fo...
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Chicago Blues As Seen From The Inside: The Photographs of Raeburn Flerlage BOOK

Chicago Blues As Seen From The Inside: The Photographs of Raeburn Flerlage BOOK

A stunning collection of photographs from Chicago's foremost blues photographer When Raeburn Flerlage was asked to take a picture of Memphis Slim in 1959, he began a career that would produce some of the most fascinating and important photos ever taken of blues musicians. By shooting concert performances, studio sessions, interviews, and club shows, he became a fixture of the Chicago blues scene during the 1960s and early 70s, and captured some of America's greatest blues artists at the pinnacle...
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Chicago Blues: The City And The Music by Mike Rowe BOOK

Chicago Blues: The City And The Music by Mike Rowe BOOK

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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Chris Thomas King - The Blues: The Authentic Narrative Of My Music And Culture PAPERBACK BOOK

Chris Thomas King - The Blues: The Authentic Narrative Of My Music And Culture PAPERBACK BOOK

An untold authentic counter-narrative blues history and the first written by an African American blues artist

All prior histories on the blues have alleged it originated on plantations in the Mississippi Delta. Not true, says author Chris Thomas King. In The Blues, King present facts to disprove such myths. This book is the first to argue the blues began as a cosmopolitan art form, not a rural one.

As early as 1900, the sound of the blues was ubiquitous in...
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Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man BOOK

Chuck Berry: Brown Eyed Handsome Man BOOK

Brown Eyed Handsome Man: The Life and Hard Times of Chuck Berry draws on dozens of interviews done by the author himself and voluminous public records to paint a complete picture of this complicated figure. This biography uncovers the real Berry and provides us with a stirring, unvarnished portrait of both the man and the artist. Berry has long been one of pop music's most enigmatic personalities. Growing up in a middle-class, black neighborhood in St. Louis, his first major hi...
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David Honeyboy Edwards The World Don't Owe Me Nothing BOOK

David Honeyboy Edwards The World Don't Owe Me Nothing BOOK

This vivid oral snapshot of an America that planted the blues is full of rhythmic grace. From the son of a sharecropper to an itinerant bluesman, Honeyboy’s stories of good friends Charlie Patton, Big Walter Horton, Little Walter Jacobs, and Robert Johnson are a godsend to blues fans. History buffs will marvel at his unique perspective and firsthand accounts of the 1927 Mississippi River flood, vagrancy laws, makeshift courts in the back of seed stores, plantation life, and the Depression....
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Earl Hooker Blues Master Paperback BOOK

Earl Hooker Blues Master Paperback BOOK

2020 Blues Hall of Fame Classic of Blues Literature

Jimi Hendrix called Earl Hooker “the master of the wah-wah pedal.” Buddy Guy slept with one of Hooker's slides beneath his pillow hoping to tap some of the elder bluesman's power. And B. B. King has said repeatedly that, for his money, Hooker was the best guitar player he ever met.

Tragically, Earl Hooker died of tuberculosis in 1970 when he was on the verge of international success just as the Blues...
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Eric Clapton - Day By Day The Early Years 1963-1982 HARDCOVER BOOK

Eric Clapton - Day By Day The Early Years 1963-1982 HARDCOVER BOOK

Eric Clapton, Day by Day presents Clapton's professional life in music in a day-by-day format, giving details of which bands he joined and left, all recordings made both released and unreleased as well as guest appearances he made on other artists' records, and concert tours. Based on years of extensive research from around the globe and interviews with musicians, film directors, producers, and studio engineers, Roberty covers every detail of Clapton's live and studio work in this detailed biogr...
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Eric Clapton - The Ultimate Illustrated History HARDCOVER BOOK

Eric Clapton - The Ultimate Illustrated History HARDCOVER BOOK

From respected author and rock journalist Chris Welch, Clapton: The Ultimate Illustrated History is a beautifully illustrated celebration of all things Clapton. Packed with more than 400 photographs, guitars, concert posters, and other memorabilia, this first-of-its kind book also houses eleven chapters following Clapton's remarkable career – from its earliest days to his various work in several now-legendary bands to his stunning solo career. Also included is a wealth of sidebars...
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Grateful Dead - So Many Roads The Life And Times Of The Grateful Dead PAPERBACK BOOK

Grateful Dead - So Many Roads The Life And Times Of The Grateful Dead PAPERBACK BOOK

Fifty years after they first came together and changed the sound of rock 'n' roll, the Grateful Dead remain one of rock's most beloved bands—a musical and cultural phenomenon that spans generations and paved the way for everything from the world of jam bands and the idea of independently released music to social networking. Much has been written about the band, but nothing quite as vibrant and vivid as So Many Roads.

Drawing on new interviews with surviving members and peop...
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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 HARDCOVER BOOK

In The Belly Of The Blues HARDCOVER BOOK

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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John Lee

John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson HARDCOVER BOOK

Mitsutoshi Inaba offers the first full-length biography of this key figure in the evolution of the Chicago blues. Interviews with Sonny Boy's family members and his last harmonica student provide new insights into the character of the man as well as the techniques of the musician.
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John Mayall The Blues Crusader BOOK

John Mayall The Blues Crusader BOOK

The first detailed biography of a true icon in the world of blues music illuminates his life and career, and also provides insights into the development of his many fellow musicians.
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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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Michael Bloomfield The Rise And Fall Of An American Guitar Hero BOOK

Michael Bloomfield The Rise And Fall Of An American Guitar Hero BOOK

A very limited edition of a book of this title was first published in 1983, but it has here been so thoroughly revised and expanded that it is essentially a brand-new publication. Based on extensive interviews with Bloomfield himself and with those who knew him best, and including an extensive discography and Bloomfield's memorable 1968 Rolling Stone interview, Michael Bloomfield is an intimate portrait of one of the pioneers of rock guitar.

This is the definitive biography of the legenda...
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Mississippi John Hurt - His Life, His Times, His Blues BOOK

Mississippi John Hurt - His Life, His Times, His Blues BOOK

Mississippi John Hurt provides this legendary creator's life story for the first time. Biographer Philip Ratcliffe traces Hurt's roots to the moment his mother Mary Jane McCain and his father Isom Hurt were freed from slavery. Anecdotes from Hurt's childhood and teenage years include the destiny-making moment when his mother purchased his first guitar for $1.50 when he was only nine years old. Stories from his neighbors and friends, from both of his wives, and from his extended family r...
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Muddy - The Story Of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin

Muddy - The Story Of Blues Legend Muddy Waters by Michael Mahin

By Michael Mahin/Illustrated by Even Turk - With a fascinating and inspiring story of struggle, determination, and hope, this picture book celebrates a blues musician whose fierce and electric sound laid the groundwork for what would become rock and roll. Full color. 11 x 11.
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Portrait Of A Phantom - The Story of Robert Johnson's Lost Photograph - BOOK

Portrait Of A Phantom - The Story of Robert Johnson's Lost Photograph - BOOK

While searching for vintage guitars on the internet, Zeke Schein came across what he believed was a photograph of one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. Schein, both a fan and historian of the Delta Blues, suspected that the image depicted the enigmatic Robert Johnson. His attempts to authenticate it inspired vitriolic debates among blues aficionados about its legitimacy. Schein's fascinating experiences documenting its history are entwined with his own journey of discovery and...
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Ralph Peer And The Making Of Popular Roots Music BOOK

Ralph Peer And The Making Of Popular Roots Music BOOK

This is the first biography of Ralph Peer, the revolutionary A&R man and music publisher who pioneered the recording, marketing, and publishing of blues, jazz, country, gospel, and Latin music, and this book book tracks his role in such breakthrough events as the recording of Mamie Smith’s “Crazy Blues,” the first country recording sessions with Fiddlin’ John Carson, his discovery of Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, the popularizing of Latin American music during...
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Respect Yourself - STAX Records And The Soul Explosion BOOK

Respect Yourself - STAX Records And The Soul Explosion BOOK

The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a record company that becomes a monument to racial harmony in 1960's segregated south Memphis. Their success is startling, and Stax soon defines an international sound. Then, after losses both business and personal, the siblings part, and the brother allies with a visionary African-American partner. Under integrated leadership, Stax explodes as a national player until, Icarus-like, they fall from great heigh...
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Rockabilly Psychobilly An Art Anthology - HARDCOVER BOOK

Rockabilly Psychobilly An Art Anthology - HARDCOVER BOOK

A visual road trip from Route 66 to Route 666, this rockin’ collection of more than 600 artworks presents the unapologetically fun and undeniably cool spirit of rockabilly and psychobilly. The 55 artists featured here represent a global subculture and are some of today’s best lowbrow and cartoon artists, the de facto styles of the genre. Whether you’re burning for nostalgia or learning more about the phenomenon, this massive collection is a study of some of the main themes of m...
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Rolling Stones - Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye HARDCOVER BOOK

Rolling Stones - Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye HARDCOVER BOOK

Based on Greenfield's first-hand account as well as new interviews with many of the key players, Ain't It Time We Said Goodbye is a vibrant and thrilling look at the way it once was and would never be again in the world according to the Rolling Stones.


Although they did not know it then, when the Rolling Stones embarked on their farewell tour of Great Britain in March 1971 after having announced they were about to go into tax exile in the south of France, it was the end of an...
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Rolling Stones - Kings Of Rock 'N' Roll HARDCOVER BOOK

Rolling Stones - Kings Of Rock 'N' Roll HARDCOVER BOOK

Lavishly illustrated with photos of the band and rare memorabilia, this unofficial publication tells the story of the biggest act in popular music: The Rolling Stones.

For more than 50 years, the Rolling Stones have rocked the world—playing in front of 1,500,000 people, setting the record for the highest-grossing tour of all time, surviving every new music trend, and releasing a hit album in every decade since the 1960s. And they show no signs of stopping. Lavishly...
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Rolling Stones - Stones Touring Party - A Journey Through America with The Rolling Stones BOOK

Rolling Stones - Stones Touring Party - A Journey Through America with The Rolling Stones BOOK

"One of the greatest rock books ever written."--GQ Thirty years ago, the Rolling Stones swept America, taking Exile on Main Street to Main Streets across the nation. Everyone held their breath to see what would happen; the Stones' previous U.S. tour had been a chaotic circus culminating in the infamous death of a fan at Altamont. And this tour (the "Stones Touring Party") was rumored to be wilder than ever: bigger shows in major arenas, with a far larger ent...
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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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Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story Of Rock-And-Roll Trailblazer

Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Shout, Sister, Shout! The Untold Story Of Rock-And-Roll Trailblazer

Long before "women in rock" became a media catchphrase, African American guitar virtuoso Rosetta Tharpe proved in spectacular fashion that women could rock. Born in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, in 1915, Tharpe was gospel's first superstar and the preeminent crossover figure of its golden age (1945–1965).

Shout, Sister, Shout! is the first biography of this trailblazing performer who influenced scores of popular musicians—from Elvis Presley and Little Richard to Eric Clapt...
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Soulsville U.S.A. The Story Of Stax Records PAPERBACK BOOK

Soulsville U.S.A. The Story Of Stax Records PAPERBACK BOOK

Walk the halls of the famous studio that produced hits for Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Sam and Dave, and Booker T. and the MGs. Soulsville, U.S.A. provides the first history of the groundbreaking label along with compelling biographies of the promoters, producers, and performers who made and sold the music. Over 45 photos. Winner of the 1998 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award. Winner of the ARSC Award for Best Research in Record Labels.
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Steve Marriott - All Or Nothing - The Story Of Steve Marriott HARDCOVER BOOK

Steve Marriott - All Or Nothing - The Story Of Steve Marriott HARDCOVER BOOK

Authorised by the Marriott family. Steve Marriott, lead singer of the Small Faces and Humble Pie, had a voice coveted by Bob Dylan, Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, and David Bowie, amongst many others. All or Nothing, Simon Spence's oral history biography, is drawn from over 125 interviews with those who knew Marriott intimately: his wives, children, bandmates, and closest friends, managers, record producers, record label bosses, and his fellow musicians. Included are scores of people who have neve...
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Stomping The Blues Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition BOOK

Stomping The Blues Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition BOOK

BY Albert Murray This study of the blues by one of America's premier essayists and novelists will change old attitudes about a tradition that continues to feed the very heart of popular music—a blues that dances, shakes, shimmies, and exchanges bad news for stomping, rollicking, pulse-quickening good times
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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 Blues A Visual History HARDCOVER BOOK

The Blues A Visual History HARDCOVER BOOK

100 YEARS OF MUSIC THAT CHANGED THE WORLD by Mike Evans Foreward by Marshall Chess

Fully illustrated with more than 375 stunning photographs and illustrations, including a wealth of archive photography and rare graphic memorabilia.

Featuring blues artists of every era, from pioneers like Ma Rainey and Robert Johnson, through legends such as Muddy Waters and B.B. King, to new stars including Shemekia Copeland, Keb' Mo' and more.
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The Blues Line: Blues Lyrics From Leadbelly to Muddy Waters BOOK

The Blues Line: Blues Lyrics From Leadbelly to Muddy Waters BOOK

Transcribed from 78 rpm recordings and preserved here long after many of the records have disappeared, this collection of nearly three hundred songs from more than one hundred singers celebrates the diversity of feeling and form that defines the blues. Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Memphis Minnie, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters are represented with their lesser-known contemporaries—Barefoot Bill, Barbecue Bob, Bumble Bee Slim, and Black Ivory King. This compl...
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The Blues Parade HARDCOVER BOOK

The Blues Parade HARDCOVER BOOK

As The Blues Parade descends from the sky, best pals Pork Chop and One-Nose Willie’s magical encounters with the Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Lil' Ed Williams, Hound Dog Taylor and dozens of the legends of American music bring to life a journey you never will - and never should - forget.

Shared in authentic blues verse by Terry Abrahamson, Muddy Waters’ Grammy-winning songwriter, THE BLUES PARADE
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The Devil's Music - A History Of The Blues BOOK

The Devil's Music - A History Of The Blues BOOK

Superbly researched and vividly written, The Devil's Music is one of the only books to trace the rise and development of the blues both in relation to other forms of black music and in the context of American social history as experienced by African Americans. From its roots in the turn-of-the-century honky-tonks of New Orleans and the barrelhouses and plantations of the Mississippi Delta to modern legends such as John Lee Hooker and B. B. King, the blues comes alive here through accoun...
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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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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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W.C. Handy - Father Of The Blues An Autobiography BOOK

W.C. Handy - Father Of The Blues An Autobiography BOOK

W. C. Handy's blues-"Memphis Blues," "Beale Street Blues," "St. Louis Blues"-changed America's music forever. In Father of the Blues, Handy presents his own story: a vivid picture of American life now vanished. W. C. Handy (1873-1958) was a sensitive child who loved nature and music; but not until he had won a reputation did his father, a preacher of stern Calvinist faith, forgive him for following the "devilish" calling of black music and theater. Here Handy tells of this and other str...
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Waiting For Buddy Guy - Chicago Blues At The Crossroads BOOK

Waiting For Buddy Guy - Chicago Blues At The Crossroads BOOK

Encounters with blues royalty

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, British blues fan Alan Harper became a transatlantic pilgrim to Chicago. "I've come here to listen to the blues," he told an American customs agent at the airport, and listen he did, to the music in its many styles, and to the men and women who lived it in the city's changing blues scene.

Harper's eloquent memoir conjures the smoky redoubts of men like harmonica virtuoso Big Walter Horton and pianist Sunnyland Sli...
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Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie Blues Revised And Expanded Edition BOOK

Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie Blues Revised And Expanded Edition BOOK

Universally recognized as one of the greatest blues artists, Memphis Minnie (1897–1973) wrote and recorded hundreds of songs, among them the famous "Bumble Bee Blues," "I'm Talking About You," and "What's the Matter with the Mill?" Blues people as diverse as Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, Big Mama Thornton, and Chuck Berry have acknowledged her as a major influence. At a time when most female vocalists sang Tin Pan Alley material, Minnie write her own lyrics and accompanied her singing with ...
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