The Big Book of Blues: A Biographical Encyclopedia: A Biographical Encyclopedia

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This is the ultimate reference book for blues lovers - a comprehensive biographical encyclodpedia, with more than 600 entries profiling every important blues artist from Bessie Smith to Koko Taylor, Charlie Patton to Robert Cray, Blind Willie McTell to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Each entry gives the essential biography, characterizes the artist's style and musical contributions to the blues, tracks their recording career, and ends up with a list of "essential listening" - the recordings you must go to if you want to ...
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Overview

This is the ultimate reference book for blues lovers - a comprehensive biographical encyclodpedia, with more than 600 entries profiling every important blues artist from Bessie Smith to Koko Taylor, Charlie Patton to Robert Cray, Blind Willie McTell to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Each entry gives the essential biography, characterizes the artist's style and musical contributions to the blues, tracks their recording career, and ends up with a list of "essential listening" - the recordings you must go to if you want to hear that person's best work. No other single source brings together so much personal information and discography, including artists in the UK, and covers all the blues: Classic Blues, Piedmont Blues, Chicago Blues, Pre-War Blues, Memphis Blues, Mississippi Delta Blues, Texas Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Contemporary Blues. It is an entertaining and richly informative guide for blues aficionados and new listeners alike.

This ultimate reference book for blues lovers is a comprehensive biographical encyclopedia with 600 entries profiling every known important blues artist from Bessie Smith, Charlie Patton, and Blind Willie McTell to Alberta Hunter, Robert Cray, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Discography. 40 photos.

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This ambitious biographical encyclopedia delivers the goods, listing over 600 entries from every era and style of the blues. Santelli's wide definition of blues music includes styles from folk to rock to zydeco. Important British artists like Eric Clapton and John Mayal are covered, and songwriters and producers also receive recognition. Some purists may quibble about the inclusion of Lucinda Williams and the absence of Koerner, Ray and Glover (the trio that introduced country blues to many white college students in the Sixties). Still, the concise, informative biographical data and the lists of essential recordings that follow each entry make this book essential for any comprehensive music collection. Highly recommended.-- Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140159394
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/10/1993
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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