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Publisher Comments:

Charles Keil examines the expressive role of blues bands and performers and stresses the intense interaction between performer and audience. Profiling bluesmen Bobby Bland and B. B. Kind, Keil argues that they are symbols for the black community, embodying important attitudes and roles—success, strong egos, and close ties to the community. While writing Urban Blues in the mid-1960s, Keil optimistically saw this cultural expression as contributing to the rising tide of raised political consciousness in Afro-America. His new Afterword examines black music in the context of capitalism and black culture in the context of worldwide trends toward diversification.

"Enlightening. . . . [Keil] has given a provocative indication of the role of the blues singer as a focal point of ghetto community expression."—John S. Wilson, New York Times Book Review

"A terribly valuable book and a powerful one. . . . Keil is an original thinker and . . . has offered us a major breakthrough."—Studs Terkel, Chicago Tribune

"[Urban Blues] expresses authentic concern for people who are coming to realize that their past was . . . the source of meaningful cultural values."—Atlantic

"An achievement of the first magnitude. . . . He opens our eyes and introduces a world of amazingly complex musical happening."—Robert Farris Thompson, Ethnomusicology 

"[Keil's] vigorous, aggressive scholarship, lucid style and sparkling analysis stimulate the challenge. Valuable insights come from treating urban blues as artistic communication."—James A. Bonar, Boston Herald

Synopsis:

Charles Keil examines the expressive role of blues bands and performs and stresses the intense interaction between performer and audience.

Synopsis:

Keil's classic account of blues and its artists is both a guide to the development of the music and a powerful study of the blues as an expressive form in and for African American life. This updated edition explores the place of the blues in artistic, social, political, and commercial life since the 1960s.

"An achievement of the first magnitude. . . . He opens our eyes and introduces a world of amazingly complex musical happening."--Robert Farris Thompson, Ethnomusicology

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 243-247) and index.

About the Author

Charles Keil is professor of American studies at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Table of Contents

Introduction

I. Afro-American Music

II. Blues Styles: An Historical Sketch

III. Fattening Frogs For Snakes?

IV. B. B. King Backstage

V. Big Bobby Blue Bland on Stage

VI. Role and Response

VII. Soul and Solidarity

VIII. Alternatives

Appendix A. The Identity Problem

Appendix B. Talking About Music

Appendix C. Blues Styles: An Annotated Outline

Afterword: Postscripts

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226429601
Author:
Keil, Charles
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Blues
Subject:
Rhythm & Blues
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
Blues (music)
Subject:
Blues musicians
Subject:
Afro-american musicians
Subject:
African American musicians
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Blues
Subject:
R&B
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Soul & R&B
Subject:
Blues (Music) -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Music-Blues and Rhythm and Blues
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19920331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 halftones
Pages:
244
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in

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"Synopsis" by , Charles Keil examines the expressive role of blues bands and performs and stresses the intense interaction between performer and audience.
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Keil's classic account of blues and its artists is both a guide to the development of the music and a powerful study of the blues as an expressive form in and for African American life. This updated edition explores the place of the blues in artistic, social, political, and commercial life since the 1960s.

"An achievement of the first magnitude. . . . He opens our eyes and introduces a world of amazingly complex musical happening."--Robert Farris Thompson, Ethnomusicology

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