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B.B. King - Blues All Around Me The Autobiography of B.B. King BOOK

B.B. King - Blues All Around Me The Autobiography of B.B. King BOOK

B. B. King has the blues running through his blood.

Growing up in the rural poverty of the Mississippi Delta, King first experienced the blues at nine years old, when his mother passed away. The man of the house before the end of his first decade, he used this strife as a source of inspiration and launched one of the most celebrated musical careers in American history.

King has led a remarkable life, and this riveting autobiography dramatizes his whirlwind adventures from...
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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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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 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 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 In Black & White - BOOK

Blues In Black & White - BOOK

Blues in Black and White The Landmark Ann Arbor Blues Festivals As photographed by Stanley Livingston with Text and a History of the Ann Arbor Blues Festival by Michael Erlewine Foreword by Jim O'Neal, cofounder, Living Blues Magazine Never-before-seen photographs—with text accompaniment—of the performers onstage and backstage at the legendary Ann Arbor Blues Festival
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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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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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Buddy Guy When I Left Home My Story BOOK

Buddy Guy When I Left Home My Story BOOK

According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy is the greatest blues guitarist of all time. An enormous influence on these musicians as well as Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, he is the living embodiment of Chicago blues. Guy’s epic story stands at the absolute nexus of modern blues. He came to Chicago from rural Louisiana in the fifties—the very moment when urban blues were electrifying our culture. He was a regular session player at Chess...
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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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Chasin' That Devil Music BOOK w/CD

Chasin' That Devil Music BOOK w/CD

Chasin' That Devil Music – Searching for the Blues presents the results of extensive research by a blues scholar who has researched the artists on old 78 RPM records to uncover their stories. Includes rare interviews and the actual songs which are on the CD included with each book. CD includes 19 rare blues songs.

In 1962, a tenacious young Mississippi journalist began unearthing the rich history of the nearly forgotten Delta bluesmen of the 1920s and '30. The celebrated fr...
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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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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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Delbert McClinton One Of The Forunate Few HARDCOVER BOOK

Delbert McClinton One Of The Forunate Few HARDCOVER BOOK

Delbert McClinton Biography: (Hardcover) by Diana Finlay Hendricks (Author), Don Imus (Foreword)
Influenced at a young age by classic country, Tejano, western swing, and the popular music of wartime America, blues musician Delbert McClinton grew up with a backstage pass to some of the most significant moments in American cultural and music history. From his birth on the high plains of West Texas during World War II to headlining sold-out cruises on chartered luxury ships well into his seven...
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Dick Waterman: A Life In Blues HARDCOVER BOOK

Dick Waterman: A Life In Blues HARDCOVER BOOK

Growing up in an affluent Jewish family in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Dick Waterman (b. 1935) was a shy, stuttering boy living a world away from the Mississippi Delta. Though he never heard blues music at home, he became one of the most influential figures in blues of the twentieth century.

A close proximity to Greenwich Village in the 1960s fueled Waterman's growing interest in folk music and led to an unlikely trip that resulted in the rediscovery of Delta blues artist Son House in 1964...
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Feel Like Going Home by Peter Guralnick BOOK

Feel Like Going Home by Peter Guralnick BOOK

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

Grateful Dead - So Many Roads The Life And Times Of The Grateful Dead HARDCOVER 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 King: Michael Bloomfied's Life In The Blues HARDCOVER BOOK

Guitar King: Michael Bloomfied's Life In The Blues HARDCOVER BOOK

Named one of the world’s great blues-rock guitarists by Rolling Stone, Mike Bloomfield (1943–1981) remains beloved by fans nearly forty years after his untimely death. Taking readers backstage, onstage, and into the recording studio with this legendary virtuoso, David Dann tells the riveting stories behind Bloomfield’s work in the seminal Paul Butterfield Blues Band and the mesmerizing Electric Flag, as well as the Super Session album with Al Kooper and Stephe...
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Guitar Player Presents: Clapton, Beck, Page BOOK

Guitar Player Presents: Clapton, Beck, Page BOOK

Culled from the archives of Guitar Player magazine, one of the most credible and longstanding music publications, Guitar Player Presents Clapton, Beck, Page traces the mammoth and influential careers of the three most important guitarists in rock and roll – Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page – with insightful interviews from the '60s and '70s to the present. Learn how these guitar heroes developed their styles and sounds as they were doing it. It's all...
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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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Incurable Blues - The Troubles & Triumph of Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin BOOK

Incurable Blues - The Troubles & Triumph of Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin BOOK

Incurable Blues explores the life and genius of Hubert Sumlin, a highly influential guitarist who survived cancer, alcoholism, and personal and professional tribulations to testify to the classic days of Chicago blues. Sumlin's incendiary guitar playing is heard on most of Howlin' Wolf's classic Chess sides. Sumlin's pick-less playing has inspired countless blues-rock luminaries. Author Will Romano places Hubert's playing and performing style in context, showing how it formed the basis ...
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Jimi Hendrix - Starting At Zero: His Own Story BOOK

Jimi Hendrix - Starting At Zero: His Own Story BOOK

It took just four years in the spotlight for Jimi Hendrix to become an international cultural icon. The sheer impact and originality of his music and his unique mastery of the guitar placed him forever amongst musical giants. But what of the man behind the public image? Modest and intensely private by nature, Jimi was shrouded in intrigue from the moment he first came into the public eye, and the mystery has only grown with time.

Much has been written about him by experts, fans, and cri...
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Jimi Hendrix - Ultimate Hendrix BOOK

Jimi Hendrix - Ultimate Hendrix BOOK

An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Live Concerts and Sessions
Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix packed so much into so few years, leaping forward musically with each innovation. Hendrix expert John McDermott chronicles each of Jimi's revolutionary recording sessions, enlisting the help of Hendrix's friend and bandmate Billy Cox and sound engineer and photographer Eddie Kramer. This beautifully designed, illustrated volume also includes vivid new descriptions of every single live Hendrix...
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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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Johnny Winter - Raisin Cain - The Wild And Raucous Story Of Johnny Winter BOOK

Johnny Winter - Raisin Cain - The Wild And Raucous Story Of Johnny Winter BOOK

by Mary Lou Sullivan w/foreword by Johnny Winter

"I love this book..it's exactly what happened. The good stuff was great and the bad stuff was horrible. Some of the memories were painful, but I'm glad they're in here. This book is perfect--there isn't anything left out." Johnny Winter

Johnny Winter is one of the greatest guitar players of all time. This is the story that made him a legend. From toughing it out in Texas to his historic ap...
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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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Los Lobos - Dream In Blue HARDCOVER BOOK

Los Lobos - Dream In Blue HARDCOVER BOOK

Los Lobos Dream In Blue, the first book on this unique band, traces the entire arc of the band’s career. Music journalist Chris Morris draws on new interviews with Los Lobos members and their principal collaborators, as well as his own reporting since the early 1980s, to recount the evolution of Los Lobos’s music. He describes the creation of every album, lingering over highlights such as How Will the Wolf Survive?, La Pistola y El Corazon, and Kiko
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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.

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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 BOOK

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

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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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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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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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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Skip James: I'd Rather Be The Devil BOOK

Skip James: I'd Rather Be The Devil BOOK

Skip James (1902–1969) was perhaps the most creative and idiosyncratic of all blues musicians. Drawing on hundreds of hours of conversations with James himself, Stephen Calt here paints a dark and unforgettable portrait of a man untroubled by his own murderous inclinations, a man who achieved one moment of transcendent greatness in a life haunted by failure. And in doing so, Calt offers new insights into the nature of the blues, the world in which it thrived, and its fate when that world v...
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Skydog The Duane Allman Story BOOK

Skydog The Duane Allman Story BOOK

By Randy Poe. Now in paperback – revised and expanded, with a new afterword by the author – this is the definitive biography of Duane Allman, one of the most revered guitarists of his generation. Skydog reveals the complete story of the legendary guitarist: his childhood and musical awakening; his struggling first bands; his hard-won mastery of the slide guitar; his emergence as a successful session musician; his creation of the Allman Brothers Band; his tragic death at age ...
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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 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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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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Up Jumped The Devil: The Real Life Of Robert Johnson HARDCOVER BOOK

Up Jumped The Devil: The Real Life Of Robert Johnson HARDCOVER BOOK

Robert Johnson’s recordings, made in 1936 and 1937, have profoundly influenced generations of singers, guitarists, and songwriters. Yet until now, his short life—he was murdered at the age of 27—has been poorly documented. Gayle Dean Wardlow has been interviewing people who knew Johnson since the early 1960s, and he was the person who discovered Johnson’s death certificate in 1967. Bruce Conforth began his study of Johnson’s life and music in 1970 and made it his mi...
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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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