Blues Singers : Biographies of 50 Legendary Artists of the Early 20th Century (Paperback)

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This reference volume is intended for both the casual and the most avid blues fan. It is divided into five separately introduced sections and covers 50 artists with names like Muddy, Gatemouth and Hound Dog who helped shape 20th-century American music. Beginning with the pioneering Mississippi Delta bluesmen, the book then follows the spread of the genre to the city, in the section on the Chicago Blues School. The third segment covers the Texas blues tradition; the fourth, the great blueswomen; and the fifth, the genres development outside its main schools. The styles covered range from Virginia-Piedmont to Bentonia and from barrelhouse to boogie-woogie. The main text is augmented by substantial discographies and a lengthy bibliography.


Publisher McFarland & Co Inc Pub
Mfg Part# 9780786406067
SKU 30852674
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0786406062
Release Date 6/11/2013
Dimensions (in Inches) 9H x 6L x 0.75T
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Annotation An instructive overview of the careers of major artists in several of the genre's different styles, David Dicaire's BLUES SINGERS explores blues from the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, Texas, and even the Deep South of England, where British musician John Mayall first practiced the arcane art. Dicaire's 50 brief biographies cover seminal performers like Eddie "Son" House, who schooled Robert Johnson in the form, Johnson himself, and Charlie Patton. In addition, Dicaire outlines the stories of such legendary figures as John Lee Hooker, whose idiosyncratic guitar playing made him an icon of generations of rock & rollers, Howlin' Wolf, who began his recording career in 1951 at the relatively late age of 41, but whose passionate delivery electrified audiences for three decades afterwards, and blues songwriter and bassist Willie Dixon. Dicaire also focuses on female artists, with illuminating chapters on Ma Rainey, who performed with Louis Armstrong and was perhaps the first commercially successful blues singer, and her spiritual heir, Bessie Smith, whom he calls "the greatest blues singer in history," among others. Easily digestible and accessibly written, BLUES SINGERS is a first-rate introduction to the rich history of this fascinating music.
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0300
Publisher McFarland & Company

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