Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey

Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey

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by Peter Guralnick, Robert Santelli, Holly George-Warren
     
 

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A companion to the groundbreaking PBS documentary series, this volume is a unique and timeless celebration of the blues, from writers and artists as esteemed and revered as the music that moved them.

Included in this stunning collection are

  • Essays by David Halberstam, Hilton Als, Suzan-Lori Parks, Elmore Leonard, Luc Sante, John Edgar Wideman, and

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Overview

A companion to the groundbreaking PBS documentary series, this volume is a unique and timeless celebration of the blues, from writers and artists as esteemed and revered as the music that moved them.

Included in this stunning collection are

  • Essays by David Halberstam, Hilton Als, Suzan-Lori Parks, Elmore Leonard, Luc Sante, John Edgar Wideman, and many others
  • Timeless archival pieces by writers such as Stanley Booth, Paul Oliver, and Mack McCormick
  • Evocative color illustrations and rare vintage photography
  • Illuminating and in-depth conversations and portraits of musicians, ranging from Robert Johnson and Bessie Smith to John Lee Hooker and Eric Clapton
  • Lyrics of legendary blues compositions
  • Personal essays by the series directors Martin Scorsese, Charles Burnett, Richard Pearce, Wim Wenders, Marc Levin, Mike Figgis, and Clint Eastwood
  • Excerpts from literary masters James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and William FaulknerTracing the art form's path from juke joints, house parties, and recording studios to musicians such as Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles, Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues proves, in the words of Willie Dixon, "The blues are the roots; every-thing else is the fruits."

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA
In 2003, Martin Scorsese directed a seven-part documentary series called Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues. The series covered all aspects of blues and how this genre of music influenced rap, hip-hop, and even rock and roll. This book is a companion piece to the PBS series, and it offers a wealth of information on the beginnings of blues in the United States. Each section supplements an episode from the documentary. Many different people have contributed to the book, including writers, musicians, politicians, and actors. These people share their experiences with the blues and how the music affected their lives. The book is filled with amazing pictures of singers and excerpts from songs that date back to the early 1900s. Each chapter contains a section called From the Archives, in which different persons, such as William Faulkner, Robert Palmer, and Zora Neale Hurston, recount their first experiences with the blues. Some share personal stories, excerpts from songs, and parts of novels in this section. With possible curricular tie-ins for history or music classes at the high school level, this companion book will assist in teaching students about the times during which the blues became popular and how this music developed out of spirituals sung by African Americans during the days of the Underground Railroad and the Great Depression. Music teachers will connect how rap and hip-hop are closely tied to the blues. The book will appeal to most young adults with some encouragement. VOYA CODES: 4Q 3P J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult-marketed bookrecommended for Young Adults). 2003, HarperCollins, 288p.; Illus. Photos. Source Notes., Ages 12 to Adult.
—Jonatha Masters
Toronto Star
“Brilliant.”
Miami Herald
“Read the book … essential … for anyone who cares about American history, black culture and current music.”
Crain's New York Business
“Breaking new ground.”
Calgary Sun
“[One of the] ‘Twelve Books of Christmas’ ... the perfect gift for the music lover.”
Chicago Sun-Times
“A must for any real blues fan.”
The Times (Shreveport
“A literary sampler as vibrant and original as the films and music that inspired it.”
The Times (Shreveport))
"A literary sampler as vibrant and original as the films and music that inspired it."
The Times (Shreveport)
"A literary sampler as vibrant and original as the films and music that inspired it."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062029089
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/19/2011
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HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
657,736
File size:
22 MB
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