All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues

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Complete, concise, authoritative and fully updated to reflect today's revitalized blues world, the latest edition of this guide is any blues fan's lifeline to the best music, past and present. It reviews and rates 8,900 recordings in all major styles across the blues map - from Delta blues to Louisiana, Memphis, Chicago, Texas and beyond; from classic female singers to jump blues, blues slide guitar, blues in jazz, Dixieland, zydeco, soul blues, blues-rock, modern acoustic and electric blues, and more. This fun ...
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Overview

Complete, concise, authoritative and fully updated to reflect today's revitalized blues world, the latest edition of this guide is any blues fan's lifeline to the best music, past and present. It reviews and rates 8,900 recordings in all major styles across the blues map - from Delta blues to Louisiana, Memphis, Chicago, Texas and beyond; from classic female singers to jump blues, blues slide guitar, blues in jazz, Dixieland, zydeco, soul blues, blues-rock, modern acoustic and electric blues, and more. This fun and easy-to-use guide provides profiles of over 1,200 artists. Historical essays plus supplemental "music maps" chart the roots and evolution of the blues, its various styles, instruments used, key artists, and more. The essays explore the blues from the Mississippi Delta to modern electric blues and everything in between. Also includes 30 "top lists" recommending the best albums for each blues style - essential for starting or expanding a great record collection.
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Audiophiles are made, not born; a record collection plump with dud recordings and bad purchases is the inevitable lot of the learned enthusiast. But for people tight on shelf space and wary of blowing their cash on unknown records in a gamble for good ones, there are resources to help. For fans of popular music, the premium references are Backbeat's All Music Guides. Now in its third edition, with reviews of 8900 recordings and profiles of 1200 artists, the All Music Guide to the Blues eclipses other blues resources, such as Robert Santelli's The Big Book of Blues, which lists only essential records and has smaller, sketchier bios. (For example, Santelli got Jonny Lang's birth city wrong.) The new All Music Guide continues the biographies, album ratings, and first-buy recommendations found in previous editions and in other, similar guides while adding new artists like Shannon Curfman and Susan Tedeschi. The guide's musical roots descriptions and maps are also useful. Recommended for all libraries and for people consistently let down by Best Buy's bargain racks. [This year marks the 100th birthday of the blues, and the Experience Music Project and Memphis's Blues Foundation are sponsoring numerous "Year of the Blues" events (www.yearoftheblues.org) throughout the country this summer.-Ed.]-Eric Hahn, West Des Moines, IA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879307363
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/15/2003
  • Series: AMG All Media Guide
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 754
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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Founded in 1947, Hal Leonard Corporation has become the worlds largest print music publisher, representing some of the greatest songwriters and artists of all time. We are proud to publish titles of interest to all musicians as well as music lovers, from songbooks and instructional titles to artist biographies and instrument price guides to books about the music industry and all the performing arts.
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Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Contributors
Introduction
Style Descriptions
Artists 1
Essays 680
The Roots of the Blues 680
Jug Bands 681
Delta Blues 682
Piedmont Blues 683
Lester Melrose & Early Chicago Blues 683
Classic Female Blues Singers 684
Jump Blues 685
Louisiana Blues 687
Harmonica Blues 688
Blues Harp (Harmonica): A Short History 689
Memphis Blues 690
Piano Blues 691
Piano Blues Stylists by Region 692
Songsters 692
West Coast Blues 692
Chicago Blues 694
Electric Texas Blues 695
Blues Slide Guitar 696
Jazz/Blues Crossover 697
Soul-Blues 698
Blues Rediscoveries 699
British Blues 700
Blues-Rock 701
Modern Acoustic Blues 702
Modern Electric Blues 703
Independent Labels: The 1940s & 1950s 704
Sun Records - The Blues Years 706
Chess Records 707
Independent Blues Labels: The 1960s to the Present 709
Beginner's Guide and History - How to Listen to the Blues 711
The Blues as Folklore 716
The Blues Revival 718
The Blues Box Set 719
Blues Reissues 719
The Blues on Film 720
Focus on the Blues Harmonica 721
The History of Gospel Music 725
Index 727
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    great book 4 those who are n2 & luv the blues

    i am so thankful 2 have this book. it tells me soooo much info that i want 2 know (& more). i am a blues lover (my favorite kinda music)& i have learned alot from this book. there r so may styles of the blues that 1 can learn about & the history of it. the peoples names r alphabetically arranged w/all the info & different styles of blues music. i discovered people that i have never even heard of b4. i call it my blues encyclopedia & dictionary. its a great book to have if you would like 2 learn more bout your favorite artist(s) & list cds that the person has. you have got 2 have this book & perhaps put with other blues music/books. 1ce u purchase it u will c what i mean,

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