Chasin' That Devil Music

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(Book). Chasin' That Devil Music Searching for the Blues presents the results of extensive research by a blues scholar who has researched the artists on old 78 RPM records to uncover their stories. Includes rare interviews and the actual songs which are on the CD included with each book.

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(Book). Chasin' That Devil Music Searching for the Blues presents the results of extensive research by a blues scholar who has researched the artists on old 78 RPM records to uncover their stories. Includes rare interviews and the actual songs which are on the CD included with each book.

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The author is one of the key figures in the efforts, begun in the 1960s, of ethnomusicologists and blues enthusiasts to search the Mississippi Delta for the forgotten blues musicians who originally recorded in the 1920s and '30s. This anthology of his writings, much of it originally done for small blues magazines and liner notes of reissue albums, but also including some new work, presents a wealth of information available nowhere else. The same can also be said of the recordings on the enclosed CD, which are taken from rare discs in the author's private collection. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879305529
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,027,638
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction
Prologue: King Solomon Hill 2
I Initial Inquiries and Encounters
Knocking on Doors for 78s: Buying Race Records in the South 10
The Immortal Charlie Patton 18
Country Blues and Gospel Pioneers 34
Got Four, Five Puppies, One Little Shaggy Hound 45
A Quick Ramble... 63
Six Who Made Recorded History 70
II Tips, Leads, and Documents
The Black Birds of Paradise 76
Down at the Depot: The Story of John Lee 81
Searching for the Robert Johnson Death Certificate 86
Robert Johnson: New Details on the Death of a Bluesman 91
Patton's Murder - Whitewash? Or Hogwash? 94
Bukka White: From Aberdeen to Parchman 101
III Witnesses
Ledell Johnson Remembers His Brother, Tommy 106
Luther and Percy: The Huff Brothers 112
Highway 80 Blues 115
Garfield Akers and Joe Callicott: From the Hernando Cotton Fields 118
IV H.C. Speir
Legends of the Lost The Story of Henry Speir 126
Godfather of Delta Blues: H.C. Speir 131
V Retrospectives
Reverend D.C. Rice - Gospel Singer 152
Canton, Mis'sippi Breakdown 159
He's Devil of a Joe 170
Can't Tell My Future: The Mystery of Willie Brown 181
Blind Roosevelt Graves 1909-1962 191
Stop, Look, and Listen at the Cross Road 196
Epilogue: One Last Walk up King Solomon Hill 208
Afterword 219
References 221
List of 78 rpm Record Issues Cited 229
Index of 78s 239
List of Interviews Cited 243
Reissues 249
Index of Names 265
CD Liner Notes 269
About the Author and Editor 271
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    The 60's Search for the Blues

    The author, in a series of short articles previously written for Blues magazines and record album liner notes, discusses his search for old blues records and old bluesman in the Delta area during the 1960-1970's. Great biographical infromation, interviews with old bluesmen. Really brings the times (1925-1950) to life and turns artists who were only names on old records to life as real people. If you really like old pre-WW2 blues, this is a great book. Facinating. The enclosed CD has lots of great old blues, but most are availible in previous reissues. Still a great 'listening' disc.

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