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Blues People : Negro Music in White America (63 Edition)
Blues People : Negro Music in White America (63 Edition)
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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Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story
Midnight at the Barrelhouse: The Johnny Otis Story
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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Woman with Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues
Woman with Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues
by Paul Garon
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"Woman with Guitar is a delight."—Dave Roediger, author of The Wages of Whiteness Universally recognized as one of the greatest blues artists, Memphis Minnie (1897–1973) wrote and recorded hundreds of songs. Blues people as diverse as Muddy... (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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The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music
The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music
by Alan Lomax
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More than fifty years ago, on a trip dubbed “the Southern Journey,” Alan Lomax visited Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee, uncovering the little-known southern backcountry and blues music that we now consider... (read more)

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I Am the Blues: The Willie Dixon Story (Da Capo Paperback)
I Am the Blues: The Willie Dixon Story (Da Capo Paperback)
by Willie Dixon
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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... (read more)

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Blues: A Regional Experience
Blues: A Regional Experience
by Bob Eagle
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A melding of many types of music such as ragtime, spiritual, jug band, and other influences came together in what we now call the blues. Blues: A Regional Experience is the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference book of blues performers yet... (read more)

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The One: The Life and Music of James Brown
The One: The Life and Music of James Brown
by R. J. Smith
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The definitive biography of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, with fascinating findings on his life as a Civil Rights activist, an entrepreneur, and the most innovative musician of our time Playing 350 shows a year at his peak, with more than forty... (read more)

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Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing
Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing
by Alan Paul
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"What a romp….Alan Paul walked the walk, preaching the blues in China. Anyone who doubts that music is bigger than words needs to read this great tale." —Gregg Allman   "An absolute love story. In his embrace of family, friends... (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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Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters
Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters
by Robert Gordon
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Muddy Waters was barefoot when he got word a white man was looking for him. It was Sunday, the last day of August, 1941. The cotton had bloomed heavily and was set, the crop as it would be until picked in about a month. Muddy, like the other blacks who... (read more)

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Searching for Robert Johnson: The Life and Legend of the "King of the Delta Blues Singers"
Searching for Robert Johnson: The Life and Legend of the "King of the Delta Blues Singers"
by Peter Guralnick
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Robert Johnson, while probably the most influential of all blues guitarists, is also one of the most obscure. Recognized as an influence on musicians like Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones, Johnson was poisoned by a jealous husband in 1938--at the age... (read more)

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Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music
Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music
by Ted Gioia
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In this "expertly researched, elegantly written, dispassionate yet thoughtful history" (Gary Giddins), award-winning author Ted Gioia gives us "the rare combination of a tome that is both deeply informative and enjoyable to read" (Publishers Weekly... (read more)

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The Land Where the Blues Began
The Land Where the Blues Began
by Alan Lomax
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A self-described “song-hunter,” the folklorist Alan Lomax traveled the Mississippi Delta in the 1930s and ‘40s, armed with primitive recording equipment and a keen love of the Deltas music heritage. Crisscrossing the towns and hamlets... (read more)

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Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues
Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues
by Elijah Wald
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The life of blues legend Robert Johnson becomes the centerpiece for this innovative look at what many consider to be America's deepest and most influential music genre. Pivotal are the questions surrounding why Johnson was ignored by the core black... (read more)

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Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues [With CD (Audio) and DVD]
Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues [With CD (Audio) and DVD]
by William Ferris
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"Delivers exactly what its title promises: the words and voices [Ferris] collected of Mississippians who had it rough and, in telling about it, changed American music forever." -Endeavors "A captivating and diverse multimedia experience for fans and... (read more)

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The Spirituals and the Blues
The Spirituals and the Blues
by James H. Cone
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Cone explores two classic aspects of African-American culture--the spirituals and the blues. He tells the captivating story of how slaves and the children of slaves used this music to affirm their essential humanity in the face of oppression. The blues... (read more)

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W. C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues
W. C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues
by David Robertson
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David Robertson charts W. C. Handy’s rise from a rural-Alabama childhood in the last decades of the nineteenth century to his emergence as one of the most celebrated songwriters of the twentieth century. The child of former slaves, Handy was first... (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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