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Bill Wyman's blues odyssey : a journey to music's heart and soul

Author: Bill Wyman
Publisher: London : Dorling Kindersley, 2001.
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Showcases 40 legendary Blues players from Muddy Waters to John Lee Hooker with stories and inside information. This work includes the geographical, social and political history around the time of the  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Wyman
ISBN: 0751334421 9780751334425 3283004323 9783283004323
OCLC Number: 47193937
Description: 400 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Part 1 From Africa to the New World: the slaves' journey from Africa to the southern states; traditional African music; the Civil War; Papa Charlie Jackson. Part 2 The roots of black American music: early black music and life after the Civil war; cotton picking and life on the plantations; the Stovall Plantation; the origins of the Blues; first spirituals published; Leadbelly. Part 3 The birth of the Blues: jazz; ragtime and Scott Joplin; development of the phonograph; Gibson guitars manufactured; first commercial two-sided disc; Charley Patton, W.C. Handy. Part 4 Ladies sing the Blues: Ma Rainey, Mamie Smith and Bessie Smith; Bessie Smith appears on Broadway; Paramount and the early record labels; "Nobody knows you when you're down and out". Part 5 Country Blues in the 1920s: Blues from the Mississippi Delta, Texas, Alabama, Georgia and the Carolinas; Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sleepy John Estes; Tenessee - the development of finger-picking Blues; Son House. Part 6 Early urban Blues: jug bands; Blind Blake; migration to the cities; Leroy Carr; Blind Willie McTell; the piano and "Boogie Woogie"; Fats Waller. Part 7 1930s -the depression years: Library of Congress field recordings; country music meets the Blues; Jimmy Rodgers, the "father of country music". Part 8 The postdepression years: rural meets urban; the invention of the jukebox; Robert Johnson - life and legend; spirituals to swing - the first concerts at New York's Carnegie Hall; gospel music, Blind Willie Johnson; Ette James. Part 9 Blues, big bands and Hollywood: Billie Holiday opens at the Apollo with Count Basie; the Blues moves to the West Coast of America; T-Bone Walker records "Stormy Monday". Part 10 Postwar Blues: John Lee Hooker records "Boogie Chillen"; the harmonica in Blues; BB King's recording of "Three O'Clock Blues" tops the R&B chart; radio spreads the Blues; WDIA in Memphis switches to all-Black programming; Sonny Boy Williamson; the rise of the record company; Chess Records - James Cotton; the introduction of the LP. Part 11 1950s R&B, rock 'n' roll: Howlin Wolf records at Sun Studios, Memphis; Elvis Presley records "Mystery Train"; Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry record major hits; Sun records. Part 12 1960s - Blues in Britain and Europe: jazz in Britain helps the Blues; Big Bill Broonzy; skiffle and the early Blues boom; white men sing the Blues; the Rolling Stones; folk music and the Blues; Elmore James. Part 13 The Blues is everywhere: how rock and pop borrowed from the Blues; building a Blues collection; Buddy Guy; the Blues in advertising; Eric Clapton; the future of the Blues; who will carry the torch?.
Responsibility: Bill Wyman.


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