The Story of the Blues / Edition 1

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Featuring over 200 vintage photographs and a new introduction by the author, the engaging, informative volume brings to life the African American singers and players who created this rich genre of music as well as the settings and experiences that inspired them.

The author deftly traces the evolution of the blues from the work songs of slaves, to acoustic country ballads, to urban sounds, to electric rhythm and blues bands. Oliver vividly re-creates the economic, social, and regional forces that shaped the unique blues tradition, and superbly details every facet of the music, including themes and subjects, techniques, and recording history.

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"Encyclopedic in scope, The Story of the Blues is a bright work of scholarship. . . A profusion of well-chosen illustrations and informative captions makes it a vivid photographic essay as well as an invaluable compendium."--Arnold Shaw, New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555533540
  • Publisher: Northeastern University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/1998
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Long Hot Summer Days: The background of Afro-American music in the meeting of cultures after the Civil War 5
Cottonfield Hollers: Origins of blues in work songs, field hollers and the ballads of the songsters 16
Down the Dirt Roads: Traditions of the plantations around the Mississippi Delta and emergent blues techniques 28
Froggy Bottom to Buckhead: Blues singers of Texas, Alabama and Georgia; development of guitar and piano music 40
Bed Slats an' All: String, washboard and jug bands; Beale Street blues and the medicine show entertainers 52
Rabbit Foot and Toby Time: Minstrel and tent shows, vaudeville theatre circuits and the women 'Classic blues' singers 66
Struttin' that Thing: Black migrations in the Jazz Era; piano music in the South, in Chicago and Detroit 81
Walking the Basses: Urban blues and boogie-woogie of St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville and the Mid-Western cities 94
Hard Time Everywhere: Blues and the record industry: themes and personalities of the post-Depression years 105
Chicago Breakdown: Blues bands of Chicago's South and West Sides in the 'thirties and 'forties 117
Back to Mississippi: The continuity of the rural blues tradition in Mississippi before the Second World War 130
Travelin' Men: Guitar rags and harmonica breakdowns in the Eastern States, the Carolinas and Tennessee 143
The Number One Scab: Barrelhouse piano; the effects of recording; Kansas City blues and the migration to the West Coast 156
King Biscuit Time: Blues on the radio networks; post-war blues centres of the South and the urban North 170
Blues and Trouble: Rhythm and blues; the rise of modern styles; blues and the international audience 183
Music Examples 196
References 198
Index 203
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