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Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of REV. Gary Davis
Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of REV. Gary Davis
by Ian Zack
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Who was the greatest of all American guitarists? You probably didnandrsquo;t name Gary Davis, but many of his musical contemporaries considered him without peer. Bob Dylan called Davis andldquo;one of the wizards of modern music.andrdquo; Bob Weir of the... (read more)

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Blues People: Negro Music in White America
Blues People: Negro Music in White America
by Leroi Jones
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"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... [If] the... (read more)

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I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway
I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway
by Greg Kot
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This is the untold story of living legend Mavis Staplesand#8212;lead singer of the Staple Singers and a major figure in the music that shaped the civil rights era. Now in her seventies, Mavis has been a fixture in the music world for decades. One of the... (read more)

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Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music
Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music
by Barry Mazor
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This is the first biography of Ralph Peer, the adventurous—even revolutionary—A&R man and music publisher who changed the breadth and flavor of popular music in the United States and around the world. It is the story of the life... (read more)

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A Woman Like Me
A Woman Like Me
by Bettye Lavette
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Now in paperback, and#147;an uninching and uncompromising look at a life lived across the tracks from fame . . .and#8221; (Detroit Free Press) As a teenager in Detroit, Bettye LaVette scored a hit single with and#147;My Manand#151;Heand#8217;s a... (read more)

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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 Sister Rosetta Tharpe
by Gayle Wald
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A New York Times Book Review Editor's Pick 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... (read more)

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Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir
Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?: A Memoir
by George Clinton
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In this seminal music memoir, Father of Funk George Clinton talks four decades of hit songs, drug abuse, the evolution of pop, rock, and soul music, his legal pitfalls, and much much more.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;George Clinton began his musical... (read more)

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The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings
The Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings
by Tony Russell
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A one-of-a-kind new guide to recorded blues This informative, insightful, and easy-to-use A-Z guide surveys the recorded work of more than a thousand blues artists. From towering figures of the past like Charley Patton, Bessie Smith, and Robert Johnson... (read more)

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Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion
Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion
by Robert Gordon
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The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a monument to racial harmony in blighted south Memphis during the civil rights movement. Their success soon pits the siblings against each other, and the brother... (read more)

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The Little Blues Book
The Little Blues Book
by Brian Robertson and Robert Crumb
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Illustrations by R. Crumb. A collection of lyrics and lore that captures the very heart and soul of the blues. From Blind Lemon Jefferson to Alberta Hunter, dozens of blues masters offer words of wisdom on subjects including luck (both good and bad... (read more)

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Woman with Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues
Woman with Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues
by Paul Garon
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Drawing on folklore, psychoanalysis, critical theory, women's studies, and surrealism, the Garons inspired explorations of Minnie's songs illuminate the poetics of popular culture as well as the largely hidden history of working-class women's self... (read more)

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Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir
Mister Satan's Apprentice: A Blues Memoir
by Adam Gussow
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Mister Satan’s Apprentice is the history of one of music’s most fascinating collaborations, between Adam Gussow, a young graduate school dropout and harmonica player, and Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, a guitarist and underground... (read more)

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Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans
Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans
by John Broven
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The rise and development of a unique musical form. Inducted into the Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame under its original title Walking to New Orleans, this fascinating history focuses on the music of major R&B artists and the crucial contributions... (read more)

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Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson
Love in Vain: A Vision of Robert Johnson
by Alan. Greenberg
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Robert Johnson was undoubtedly the most outstanding of the Mississippi Delta blues musicians and also one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but his short life remains steeped in mystery and wrapped in some of the most enduring... (read more)

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Happy Traum Teaches Blues Guitar: A Hands-On Beginner's Course in Acoustic Country Blues with CD (Audio) (Listen & Learn)
Happy Traum Teaches Blues Guitar: A Hands-On Beginner's Course in Acoustic Country Blues with CD (Audio) (Listen & Learn)
by Harry Traum
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A Hands-On Beginner's Course In Acoustic Country Blues Homespun Listen & Learn Series Take a lesson in fingerstyle blues guitar from one of the world's most respected teacher/performers. All you need to know is how to play a few basic chords to get... (read more)

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Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House
Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House
by Daniel Beaumont
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In June of 1964, three young, white blues fans set out from New York City in a Volkswagen, heading for the Mississippi Delta in search of a musical legend. So begins Preachin' the Blues, the biography of American blues signer and guitarist Eddie James... (read more)

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Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York
Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner's Mississippi to Post-9/11 New York
by Adam Gussow
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Journeyman's Road offers a bold new vision of where the blues have been in the course of the twentieth century and what they have become at the dawn of the new millennium: a world music rippling with postmodern contradictions. Author Adam Gussow brings a... (read more)

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Midnight in the Barrelhouse (13 Edition)
Midnight in the Barrelhouse (13 Edition)
by George Lipsitz
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[INSIDE FRONT FLAP:] Considered by many to be the godfather of R&B, Johnny Otis—musician, producer, artist, entrepreneur, pastor, disc jockey, writer, and tireless fighter for racial equality—has had a remarkable life by any... (read more)

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Beginning Blues Guitar: A Guide to the Essential Chords, Licks, Techniques and Concepts
Beginning Blues Guitar: A Guide to the Essential Chords, Licks, Techniques and Concepts
by Dave Rubin
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From B.B. King and Buddy Guy to Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, blues guitar has become a constant in the realm of American popular music. This book/CD teaches the concepts and techniques as fostered by these legendary bluesmen: 12-bar blues; major... (read more)

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A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sang Them
A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sang Them
by Buzzy Jackson
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An exciting lineage of women singers—originating with Ma Rainey and her protégée Bessie Smith—shaped the blues, launching it as a powerful, expressive vehicle of emotional liberation. Along with their successors Billie Holiday, Etta James... (read more)

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