Mississippi The Blues Today!

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The Blues, that unique form of African-American music, continues to hold a fascination with each successive generation of young people. Scots-born Londoner Robert Nicholson is just one such person. Grabbed first as a teenager by the white blues sounds of the Rolling Stones and George Thorogood, he quickly became aware of the real roots of the Blues. Inspired by the great Chicago musicians Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and B. B. King and the Mississippi Blues originators Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton, the author...
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Overview

The Blues, that unique form of African-American music, continues to hold a fascination with each successive generation of young people. Scots-born Londoner Robert Nicholson is just one such person. Grabbed first as a teenager by the white blues sounds of the Rolling Stones and George Thorogood, he quickly became aware of the real roots of the Blues. Inspired by the great Chicago musicians Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and B. B. King and the Mississippi Blues originators Robert Johnson and Charlie Patton, the author embarked on a journey to trace the roots of the electric sounds of Chicago's Chess record label back to the Mississippi Delta itself, the birthplace of the Blues. Together with Memphis-based photographer, Logan Young, Robert Nicholson has conducted a series of extended field trips to the South. Their travels have brought them into contact with the Blues musicians of today. This book presents in words and images a behind-the-scenes, often intimate, portrait of the main players on the current Delta Blues scene, including Lonnie Pitchford, Booba Barnes, Scott Dunbar, Son Thomas, and others. This important book gives a vivid account of an economically impoverished people and examines the often brittle conviviality, hidden racial tensions, and undercurrents of violence from which the Blues has grown and in which it continues to thrive. The stunning original photographs by Logan Young enhance Nicholson's informative, entertaining, and thought-provoking text. Together they present a unique sociological and musical picture of the Mississippi Blues, and of the ways it has endured and evolved in contemporary America.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306808838
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 0.42 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 11.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: 'The Weirdest Music I Had Ever Heard' 6
Ch. 1 Mavericks and Minstrels: A Brief Historical Background 10
Ch. 2 Diddley-Bow to Dinner Suit: Lonnie Pitchford 22
Ch. 3 This Ain't No Beale Street: Booba Barnes 30
Ch. 4 Hog's-Head Blues in Bentonia: Jack Owens and Bentonia Blues 38
Ch. 5 Don't Call Me No Nigger: Scott Dunbar and Son Thomas 50
Ch. 6 Breaking Down the Walls: The Memphis Blues Scene 68
Ch. 7 Blues at Murphy's Bar: Robert 'The Wolfman' Belfour 82
Ch. 8 Drums is a Calling Thing: The Fife and Drum Bands of Mississippi 88
Ch. 9 Still the Delta Queen: Jessie Mae, Last of the Hemphills 102
Ch. 10 The Fishing Musician: Big Jack Johnson 114
Ch. 11 I Love the Life I Live and I Live the Life I Love: Willie Foster 124
Ch. 12 The King is Dead, Long Live the King: Memphis Blues Today - Little Jimmy King and the Hollywood All Stars 142
Ch. 13 Juke-Joint Blues in the Hills: Junior Kimborough and R. L. Burnside 152
Ch. 14 Keeping the Blues Alive: The Delta Blues Education Fund 162
Ch. 15 Cappuccino in Clarksdale: The Revitalization of the Delta 170
Epilogue 182
Discography 185
Bibliography 188
Index 190
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