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Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music : the Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music, and Civil Rights.

Author: Dean Alger
Publisher: Denton : University of North Texas Press, 2014.
Series: North Texas lives of musicians series, no. 8.
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Lonnie Johnson (1894-1970) was a virtuoso guitarist who influenced generations of musicians from Django Reinhardt to Eric Clapton to Bill Wyman and especially B.B. King. Born in New Orleans, he began playing violin and guitar in his father's band at an early age. When most of his family was wiped out by the 1918 flu epidemic, he and his surviving brother moved to St. Louis, where he won a blues contest that included  Read more...
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Alger, Dean.
Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music : The Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music, and Civil Rights.
Denton : University of North Texas Press, ©2014
Named Person: Lonnie Johnson; Lonnie Johnson
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Dean Alger
ISBN: 9781574415568 1574415565 1306924324 9781306924320 9781574415469 1574415468
OCLC Number: 878263353
Description: 1 online resource (384 pages).
Contents: List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The Legendary Lonnie Johnson-One of the Most Important Musicians of the 20th Century; Musicians and Progress on Civil Rights; 2. New Orleans Music; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Playing with the Strings, Part 1; 5. Playing with the Strings, Part 2; 6. Workin' Man; Chicago Blues; 7. Rhythm & Blues; 8. Blues Revival in the '60s: Comeback Again; 9. The Legacy of Lonnie J: The Guitar in 20th Century Music; Appendix I: Lyrics to Alger tribute song: "The Legendary Lonnie J" .; Appendix II: Blues, Jazz, and Their Significance. Musicians and Civil Rights and Alger's review of Sidney Bechet's instrumental recording of "Strange Fruit"Appendix III: Guide to Recordings by Lonnie Johnson and Relevant Others; Notes; Bibliography; Subject Index; Song Index.
Series Title: North Texas lives of musicians series, no. 8.

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Lonnie Johnson (1894-1970) was a virtuoso guitarist who influenced generations of musicians from Django Reinhardt to Eric Clapton to Bill Wyman and especially B.B. King. Born in New Orleans, he began playing violin and guitar in his father's band at an early age. When most of his family was wiped out by the 1918 flu epidemic, he and his surviving brother moved to St. Louis, where he won a blues contest that included a recording contract. His career was launched. Johnson can be heard on many Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong records, including the latter's famous "Savoy Blues" with the Hot.

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