By Ted Gioia
“The crucial historical past of this noticeably American genre.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In this “expertly researched, elegantly written, dispassionate but considerate heritage” (Gary Giddins), award-winning writer Ted Gioia offers us “the infrequent mix of a tome that's either deeply informative and stress-free to learn” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). From the sphere hollers of nineteenth-century plantations to Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Delta Blues delves into the uneasy mixture of race and cash on the aspect the place conventional tune grew to become advertisement and bluesmen chanced on new audiences of hundreds of thousands. Combining broad fieldwork, archival learn, interviews with residing musicians, and first-person debts with “his personal calm, argument-closing incantations to attract a line via a century of Delta blues” (New York Times), this engrossing narrative is flavored with insightful and shiny musical descriptions that be certain “an knowing of not just the musicians, however the song itself” (Boston Sunday Globe). Rooted within the thick-as-tar Delta soil, Delta Blues is already “a modern vintage in its box” (Jazz Review).
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Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music by Ted Gioia