The Voice of the Blues: Classic Interviews from Living Blues Magazine

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The Voice of the Blues brings together interviews with many pioneering blues men including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, B.B. King, and many others.
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The Voice of the Blues brings together interviews with many pioneering blues men including Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Little Walter, Jimmy Reed, B.B. King, and many others.
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Authentic American blues music had its heyday from the 1920s through the 1950s. The origins and history of rural and urban blues are well documented, and any real blues fan can identify and discuss the key artists of each era. This work offers, for the first time in book form, the spoken recollections of several key artists. The editors, who provide introductions and postscripts for each interviewee, were cofounders, publishers, and editors of Living Blues Magazine from 1970 to 1987. The lengthy interviews capture the voices of Georgia Tom Dorsey, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Little Walter, Freddie King, and others. Their words evoke a vivid picture of their passion and love of blues music. Dorsey, for instance, recalls a time when his band played a lively blues set from a flatbed truck to a herd of cows, which were actually listening attentively, at the edge of a pasture. The book paints a picture of an America and a scene, now long gone, that was experienced and revered by generations of music lovers. Recommended for all blues collections and for larger public libraries. Bill Walker, Stockton-San Joaquin Cty. P.L., CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415936545
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,004,090
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim O'Neal and Amy Van Singel were co-founders publishers, and editors of Living Blues magazine from 1970-87. In this capacity, they interviewed many of the most famous blues musicians on the Chicago and international scene. The magazine helped launch and sustain the blues revival, focusing on living bluesmen, as opposed to more scholarly journals that focused on blues history. O'Neill and Van Singel live in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Georgia Tom Dorsey 1
2 Sleepy John Estes and Hammie Nixon 43
3 Houston Stackhouse 69
4 T-Bone Walker 137
5 Muddy Waters 155
6 John Lee Hooker 203
7 Eddie Boyd 227
8 Little Walter and Louis Myers 281
9 Jimmy Reed 305
10 Freddie King 359
11 Esther Phillips 375
12 Little Milton 389
Index 409
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