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The land where the blues began

Author: Alan Lomax
Publisher: New York : New Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A self-described "song-hunter," the folklorist Alan Lomax traveled the Mississippi Delta in the 1930's and '40s, armed with primitive recording equipment and a keen love of the Delta's music heritage. Crisscrossing the towns and hamlets where the blues began, Lomax gave voice to such greats as Leadbelly, Fred MacDowell, Muddy Waters, and many others, all of whom made their debut recordings with him. The Land Where  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Lomax
ISBN: 1565847393 9781565847392
OCLC Number: 51244483
Notes: Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, ©1993.
Description: xv, 539 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Contents: CD. Four o'clock flower blues (Willie "61" Blackwell & William Brown) --
Sermon : Hell is a place (two exerpts) (Reverend Ribbins) --
Rosie (Dobie Red and group) --
Emmaline take your time (Alec Askew).
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A self-described "song-hunter," the folklorist Alan Lomax traveled the Mississippi Delta in the 1930's and '40s, armed with primitive recording equipment and a keen love of the Delta's music heritage. Crisscrossing the towns and hamlets where the blues began, Lomax gave voice to such greats as Leadbelly, Fred MacDowell, Muddy Waters, and many others, all of whom made their debut recordings with him. The Land Where the Blues Began is Lomax's "stingingly well-written cornbread-and-moonshine odyssey" (Kirkus Reviews) through America's musical heartland. Through candid conversations with bluesmen and vivid, firsthand accounts of the landscape where their music was born, Lomax's "discerning reconstructions ... give life to a domain most of us can never know ... one that summons us with an oddly familiar sensation of reverence and dread" (The New York Times Book Review). The Land Where the Blues Began captures the irrepressible energy of soul of people who changed American musical history [Publisher description].

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