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Author: Elijah Wald
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©2010.
Series: Very short introductions.
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Praised as "suave, soulful, ebullient" (Tom Waits) and "a meticulous researcher, a graceful writer, and a committed contrarian" (New York Times Book Review), Elijah Wald is one of the leading popular music critics of his generation. In The Blues, Wald surveys a genre at the heart of American culture. It is not an easy thing to pin down. As Howlin' Wolf once described it, "When you ain't got no money and can't pay  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wald, Elijah.
Blues.
New York : Oxford University Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2010010475
(OCoLC)500794417
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elijah Wald
ISBN: 9780199750795 0199750793
OCLC Number: 655257470
Description: 1 online resource (140 pages).
Contents: pt. 1: Short history of blues --
Roots of the blues --
Prewar blues --
modern blues --
pt. 2: Blues in American culture --
Blues and jazz --
Blues and country music --
Language and poetry of the blues.
Series Title: Very short introductions.
Responsibility: Elijah Wald.

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Praised as "suave, soulful, ebullient" (Tom Waits) and "a meticulous researcher, a graceful writer, and a committed contrarian" (New York Times Book Review), Elijah Wald is one of the leading popular music critics of his generation. In The Blues, Wald surveys a genre at the heart of American culture. It is not an easy thing to pin down. As Howlin' Wolf once described it, "When you ain't got no money and can't pay your house rent and can't buy you no food, you've damn sure got the blues." It has been defined by lyrical structure, or as a progression of chords, or a.

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