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Blues For Dummies travels from sad to glad, with stops along the way at heartache and despair, hope and joy, on the road to great music. Get hip to the different styles and eras of the blues; discover what makes the blues so blue; find out "Who's Who" among four generations of blues musicians; and make tracks to the best blues clubs on the planet with this great, easygoing reference. Plus, take a listen to some of the greatest blues recordings of all time (from Muddy Waters and Little Walter to Bobby "Blue" Bland, Buddy Guy, and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown) on the exclusive audio CD that comes with Blues For Dummies.
An introduction and overview of the blues; includes an extensive dictionary of blues artists.
PART I: What Are the Blues and How Do I Know I Have Them?
Chapter 1: Recognizing the Blues Sound and Style.
Chapter 2: The Many Shades of Blues.
Chapter 3: The Blues Connection to Other Music.
PART II: Who's Who in the Blues
Chapter 4: Early Blues Legends (1900 to 1945)Chapter 5: Artists from the Original Blues Heyday (1946 to 1969).
Chapter 6: Artists of the Contemporary Blues Scene (1970 to Present).
PART III: Listening to the Blues.
Chapter 7: The Best Blues Recordings and Record Labels.
Chapter 8: Where to Head to Hear the Blues.
PART IV: Playing the Blues.
Chapter 9: Putting Together a Blues Band.
Chapter 10: Axes, Harps, and Other Essential Instruments.
Chapter 11: Making a Blues Record.
PART V: The Blues Community.
Chapter 12: Blues Organizations Worth Checking Out.
Chapter 13: A Blues Event: Throwing a Theme Party.
Chapter 14: The Blues Online.
PART VI: The Parts of Tens.
Chapter 15: Then Reasons Why the Blues Just Keep on Growing.
Chapter 16: Ten Collectible Blues Records You Wish You Could Afford.
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Posted October 4, 2000
...didn't know who to ask. It's all here. Wow. Bios and anecdotes about all the major and minor blues figures of the century, explanations and appreciation of the music itself, and a CD with the best versions of classic songs illustrating all the different blues styles. It's like an encyclopedia, except lots of fun to read. That's got to be thanks to Cub Koda--I've read a few of his music columns before, and he's hilarious. This is so good I got it for Christmas for six different people.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.