Synopses & Reviews
This book starts deep in the Delta to explore the history of the blues, spotlighting landmark musicians, recordings and happenings along the way. Blues greats covered here include Leadbelly, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan and dozens more. The book also explores the social and cultural mores of the blues, the impact of American history, and why the blues is such an influential and seemingly immortal genre. Published in cooperation with Rhino Records, it includes beautiful full-color pages throughout, with rare photos of players, album covers, record labels and more.
Better known as Dr. Demento on nationally syndicated radio, Hansen traces the history of blues music and its social and cultural mores and profiles its legendary players. Published in cooperation with Rhino Records. 200 color and B&W photos.