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Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780816698042
Author(s): Jas Obrecht
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2016
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Dimensions: 157 x 206 x 25 (w x l x h)
Pages: 224

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Winner of the2016 Living Blues Award for Blues Book of the Year Since the early 1900s, blues and the guitar have traveled side by side. This book tells the story of their pairing from the first reported sightings of blues musicians, to the rise of nationally known stars, to the onset of the Great Depression, when blues recording virtually came to a halt.Like the best music documentaries, 'Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar' interweaves musical history, quotes from celebrated musicians (B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Ry Cooder, and Johnny Winter, to name a few), and a spellbinding array of life stories to illustrate the early days of blues guitar in rich and resounding detail. In these chapters, you ll meet Sylvester Weaver, who recorded the world s first guitar solos, and Paramount Records artists Papa Charlie Jackson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Blind Blake, the King of Ragtime Blues Guitar. Blind Willie McTell, the Southeast s superlative twelve-string guitar player, and Blind Willie Johnson, street-corner evangelist of sublime gospel blues, also get their due, as do Lonnie Johnson, the era s most influential blues guitarist; Mississippi John Hurt, with his gentle, guileless voice and syncopated fingerpicking style; and slide guitarist Tampa Red, the Guitar Wizard. Drawing on a deep archive of documents, photographs, record company ads, complete discographies, and up-to-date findings of leading rese Please click here to ask a question
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