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Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey

by Peter Guralnick, Robert Santelli & Holly George-Warren HarperCollins e-books (April 19, 2011)

A companion to the groundbreaking PBS documentary series, this volume is a unique and timeless celebration of the blues, from writers and artists as esteemed and revered as the music that moved them.

Included...


Do Not Sell At Any Price

by Amanda Petrusich Scribner (July 08, 2014)

"A thoughtful, entertaining history of obsessed music collectors and their quest for rare early 78 rpm records" (Los Angeles Times), Do Not Sell at Any Price is a fascinating, complex story of preservation,...


100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own

by Edward Komara & Greg Johnson Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (February 07, 2014)

In 100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own, blues scholars Edward Komara and Greg Johnson select those histories, biographies, surveys, transcriptions and studies from the many hundreds of works that have been...


Who Did It First?: Great Rhythm and Blues Cover Songs and Their Original Artists

by Bob Leszczak Scarecrow Press (October 10, 2013)

The first in a series devoted to the story of great songs and their revivals, Who Did It First? is the perfect playlist builder. Whether quizzing friends at a party, answering a radio station contest, or simply...


Play Pretty Blues

by Snowden Wright Engine Books (October 21, 2013)

A novel of the life and death of blues legend Robert Johnson, as told by all six of his wives.


Torch Singing: Performing Resistance and Desire from Billie Holiday to Edith Piaf

by Stacy Holman Jones AltaMira Press (July 08, 2007)

With an ethnographer's eye, Stacy Holman Jones provides a cultural critique of torch singing-describing the genre as a rich drama of passiveness, deception, desire, and resistance.


Crossing Traditions: American Popular Music in Local and Global Contexts

by Babacar M'Baye & Alexander Charles Oliver Hall Scarecrow Press (July 12, 2013)

In Crossing Traditions: American Popular Music in Local and Global Contexts, a wide range of scholarly contributions on the local and global significance of American popular music examines the connections between...


Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock 'n' Roll

by Larry Birnbaum Scarecrow Press (November 29, 2012)

An essential work for rock fans and scholars, Before Elvis: The Prehistory of Rock ‘n’ Roll surveys the origins of rock ’n’ roll from the minstrel era to the emergence of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley....


Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues and Rock 'n' Roll

by Peter Guralnick Little, Brown and Company (December 20, 2012)

This vivid celebration of blues and early rock 'n' roll includes some of the first and most illuminating profiles of such blues masters as Muddy Waters, Skip James, and Howlin' Wolf; excursions into the blues-based...


Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom

by Peter Guralnick Little, Brown and Company (December 20, 2012)

A gripping narrative that captures the tumult and liberating energy of a nation in transition, Sweet Soul Music is an intimate portrait of the legendary performers--Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, James Brown, Solomon...


Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians

by Peter Guralnick Little, Brown and Company (December 20, 2012)

This masterful exploration of American roots music--country, rockabilly, and the blues--spotlights the artists who created a distinctly American sound, including Ernest Tubb, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Elvis Presley,...


Slowhand

by Philip Norman Little, Brown and Company (October 29, 2018)

From the bestselling author of Shout!, comes the definitive biography of Eric Clapton, a Rock legend whose life story is as remarkable as his music, which transformed the sound of a generation.

For half a century...


The Story of Boogie-Woogie: A Left Hand Like God

by Peter J. Silvester Scarecrow Press (July 29, 2009)

The Story of Boogie-Woogie presents a comprehensive history of boogie-woogie from the early 20th century to the present, describing the style's appearance and development, its offshoots, and the pianists who...


One Song at a Time

by Joe Bevilacqua BearManor Media (April 01, 2013)

Founded by Rod Kennedy, the Kerrville FolkFestival has run annually since 1972. It is the longest continuously runningmusic festival of its kind in North America. For eighteen straight days andnights each May...


Blues People

by LeRoi Jones & Prentice Onayemi Blackstone Publishing (September 05, 2017)

"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music--through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but...


When I Left Home

by Buddy Guy, Mirron Willis & David Ritz Blackstone Publishing (May 08, 2012)

According to Eric Clapton, John Mayer, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy is the greatest blues guitarist of all time. An enormous influence on these musicians as well as on Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page,...


R. Crumb's Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country

by R. Crumb & Terry Zwigoff Abrams ComicArts (May 31, 2015)

Anyone who knows R. Crumb's work as an illustrator knows of his passion for music. And all those who collect his work prize the Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music trading card...


Legends of the Blues

by William Stout & Ed Leimbacher Abrams ComicArts (May 06, 2013)

Robert Johnson, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Howlin’ Wolf, Bessie Smith, Muddy Waters—say their names out loud and you can just hear the blues. Now, acclaimed artist William Stout visualizes these artists...


One Sound, Two Worlds

by Michael Rauhut Berghahn Books (May 01, 2019)

Although it first emerged in the United States, blues music has been performed and enjoyed across the world for over a century. Among the varied places where it took root was Germany, where in the postwar era...


Rory Gallagher

by Julian Vignoles The Collins Press (October 22, 2018)

Rory Gallagher is revered as one of the world's greatest guitarists. He bounded across the stage with the swagger of a rock star, but offstage he was a shy, unassuming man. There were no wild parties, no marriages...


So You Want to Sing the Blues

by Eli Yamin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (September 15, 2018)

So You Want to Sing the Blues shines a light on the history and vibrant modern life of blues song. Eli Yamin explores those essential elements that make the blues sound authentic and guides readers of all backgrounds...


A&R Pioneers

by Brian Ward & Patrick Huber Vanderbilt Univ Press - Country Music Foundation P (June 26, 2018)

A&R Pioneers offers the first comprehensive account of the diverse group of men and women who pioneered artists-and-repertoire (A&R) work in the early US recording industry. In the process, they helped create...


Live from the Mississippi Delta

by Panny Flautt Mayfield University Press of Mississippi (July 24, 2017)

Live from the Mississippi Delta showcases a rare collection of photographs and stories about musicians from Robert Plant, B. B. King, and ZZ Top to local guitarists playing gigs on the weekend. Panny Flautt...


Buried Treasure Volume 2: Overlooked, Forgetten and Uncrowned Albums

by Dan Hagerty Liberties Press (September 20, 2016)

Buried Treasure is a colorful smorgasboard of music. Revered musicians, actors, and pop culture icons each contribute their favourite albums to create a fantastically eclectic collection.


Too Much UnConvenience

by Jr. Lincoln T. Beauchamp Lincoln T Beauchamp (April 21, 2017)

Lincoln T Beauchamp, known artistically as Chicago Beau, was raised in an environment rooted in blues, literature, law, and travel.   An unlikely circumstance provided by his Great Migration, agrarian background...


Cerulean Blue

by Drew Hayden Taylor Talonbooks (October 19, 2015)

Cerulean Blue is a comedic play about a struggling blues band invited to participate in a benefit concert for a First Nation community in conflict with governmental authorities. Upon arriving, the band discovers...


Give My Poor Heart Ease

by William Ferris The University of North Carolina Press (November 01, 2009)

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, folklorist William Ferris toured his home state of Mississippi, documenting the voices of African Americans as they spoke about and performed the diverse musical traditions that...


The Bill Ferris Enhanced Omnibus E-Book

by William Ferris The University of North Carolina Press (September 01, 2013)

This Omnibus Ebook for the first time brings together pioneering folklorist William Ferris's books on the music and arts of the South.

Included in this ebook are:

Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi...


Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues

by Elijah Wald Amistad (April 24, 2012)

The life of blues legend Robert Johnson becomes the centerpiece for this innovative look at what many consider to be America's deepest and most influential music genre. Pivotal are the questions surrounding...


The Everything Rock & Blues Guitar Book

by Marc Schonbrun Everything (August 01, 2003)

Have you ever dreamed of playing lead guitar like John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santana, Jimmy Page, Slash, and Eric Clapton? Perhaps you took a few lessons, but became frustrated and gave up. If so, The Everything...


The Everything Rock & Blues Piano Book

by Eric Starr Everything (June 14, 2007)

Written by an experienced musician, recording artist, and music journalist, The Everything Rock & Blues Piano Book with CD offers the basics of rock and blues piano playing in a fun, easy-to-follow manner. This...


Melting the Blues

by Tracy Chiles McGhee Gold Fern Press (March 06, 2016)

Winner of the 2016 Fauset Book Award in the Category of First Fiction

Set in Arkansas in 1957,  the complexities of identity, yearnings for love and acceptance, and racial tension are all unmasked in the riveting...


Tell the Truth Until They Bleed

by Josh Alan Friedman & Wyatt Doyle Wyatt Doyle Books/New Texture (March 17, 2015)

"Josh Alan Friedman has chops like a wolf. The French had a phrase for his tropism for the seedy, the gutter, the outcasts: nostalgie de la boue. This book deserves wide attention." --Jerry Wexler, co-founder...