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The unbroken circle : tradition and innovation in the music of Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal

Author: Fred Metting
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
Series: American folk music and musicians, no. 5.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"American folk musicians Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal, once musical partners, have had careers that are at once conservative and innovative, imbuing the best of folk traditions with their own powerful style. In The Unbroken Circle, Fred Metting challenges the musical labels that often bind artists as he explores the inspirational sources behind these two men. Cooder was influenced by ragtime-blues, bottleneck gospel
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Metting, Fred, 1946-
Unbroken circle.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001
(OCoLC)891706360
Named Person: Ry Cooder; Taj Mahal, (Musician); Ry Cooder; Taj Mahal, (Musician); Ry Cooder; Taj Mahal.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fred Metting
ISBN: 0810838184 9780810838185
OCLC Number: 43859539
Description: xviii, 293 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Backgrounds and careers. --
The folk revival. --
The minstrel mix. --
The songster. --
Stretching the boundaries: the guitar greats. --
Transitions and agitations. --
Blues. --
Sacred sounds and carnival delights. --
Rock and roll. --
Going back to the future: spices from around the world. --
Conclusion: An unbroken circle.
Series Title: American folk music and musicians, no. 5.
Responsibility: Fred Metting.

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This text explores the influences of musicians, Ry Cooder and Taj Mahal. Once musical partners, they both went on to have their own careers. Cooder was influenced by rag-time blues, while Mahal was  Read more...

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