Crossroads: How the Blues Shaped Rock 'n' Roll (and Rock Saved the Blues) [NOOK Book]

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The blues revival of the early 1960s brought new life to a seminal genre of American music and inspired a vast new world of singers, songwriters, and rock bands. The Rolling Stones took their name from a Muddy Waters song; Led Zeppelin forged bluesy riffs into hard rock and heavy metal; and ZZ Top did superstar business with boogie rhythms copped from John Lee Hooker. Crossroads tells the myriad stories of the impact and enduring influence of the early-’60s blues revival: stories of the record collectors, ...

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Crossroads: How the Blues Shaped Rock 'n' Roll (and Rock Saved the Blues)

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Overview

The blues revival of the early 1960s brought new life to a seminal genre of American music and inspired a vast new world of singers, songwriters, and rock bands. The Rolling Stones took their name from a Muddy Waters song; Led Zeppelin forged bluesy riffs into hard rock and heavy metal; and ZZ Top did superstar business with boogie rhythms copped from John Lee Hooker. Crossroads tells the myriad stories of the impact and enduring influence of the early-’60s blues revival: stories of the record collectors, folkies, beatniks, and pop culture academics; and of the lucky musicians who learned life-changing lessons from the rediscovered Depression-era bluesmen that found hipster renown by playing at coffeehouses, on college campuses, and at the Newport Folk Festival. The blues revival brought notice to these forgotten musicians, and none more so than Robert Johnson, who had his songs covered by Cream and the Rolling Stones, and who sold a million CDs sixty years after dying outside a Mississippi Delta roadhouse. Crossroads is the intersection of blues and rock ’n’ roll, a vivid portrait of the fluidity of American folk culture that captures the voices of musicians, promoters, fans, and critics to tell this very American story of how the blues came to rest at the heart of popular music.

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Editorial Reviews

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“There has never been any underestimating the influence that blues had on rock music. But Milward makes the connections seem fresh and as alive as when they were happening and evokes the openness that enabled blues to get ‘in the bloodstream of generations of musicians.’”—Chicago Tribune

“Crossroads is both an important and immensely enjoyable read. Milward beautifully illuminates the relationship between the two musical genres. It’s a fascinating presentation that makes listening to the music even more meaningful and gratifying.”—Fretboard Journal

“Rich in anecdotes and insight, ‘Crossroads’ offers a welcome tribute to the blues revival’s most important legacy: the collaboration—across race and class and generations—that galvanized a music that had been left to wither and die.”—Wall Street Journal

“More than just telling the story of the blues, Milward is concerned with its connection with rock, with how, as Muddy Waters sang, ‘the blues had a baby and they called it rock ’n’ roll.’”—Woodstock Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555538231
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/11/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 358,272
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

JOHN MILWARD has been the pop music critic of the Chicago Daily News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and USA Today, and has contributed articles and reviews to Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others. He lives in Woodstock, New York.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Cross Road Blues
Rare Records and Working Musicians
Chicago Blues and the Birth of Folk-Blues
Bohemian Blues and the Folk Revival
British Blues
Out of the Past
University of Chicago Blues
Ballroom Blues
Out of the Past and Into the Present
The Cream of (Mostly) British Blues
Baby Boom Blues
Rockin’ the Blues
Stoned Blues
Exiles on Star Street
Fathers, Mothers, and Sons
Texas (Rock Star) Blues
Sweet Home Chicago
Further On Up the Road
Last Call
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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    I really enjoyed this book and learned alot from it. It takes yo

    I really enjoyed this book and learned alot from it. It takes you to the beginning , where the old school rockers got inspiration. I 
    especially liked the part about Bonnie Raitt singing " I'm in the mood" with John Lee Hooker, and needing a towel.That made 
    me smile.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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