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Blues: The Basics / Edition 1

Blues: The Basics / Edition 1

by Dick Weissman, Martha FinemanDick Weissman
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Blues: The Basics offers a concise introduction to a century of the blues. Organized chronologically, it focuses on the major eras in the growth and development of this popular musical style. Material includes:

  • a definition of the blues and the major genres within it
  • key artists such as Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • key recordings

Complete with timelines and suggestions for further investigation, this fascinating overview is ideal for students and interested listeners.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415970686
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/01/2004
Series: Basics Series
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dick Weissman was Associate Professor of Music and Music Industry Studies from 1990-2002 at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has published many books on music, notably The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self-Defense, now in its third edition. He lives in Portland, OR.

Table of Contents

Some Caveats4
1The Roots of The Blues: 1619-19195
Timeline: 1619-19195
History and Origins of the Blues6
African Musical Traits in African American Music9
African American Spirituals10
Early Black Secular Music13
The Minstrel Show14
The Early Blues17
Social Conditions at the Birth of the Blues: 1870s-190017
The Blues: 1890-192018
Subject Matter20
Ragtime and Early Jazz21
Blues Structure23
Learning to Play or Sing the Blues25
2The 1920s: Documented Beginnings of the Classic and Rural Blues28
Timeline: The 1920s28
Ma Rainey and Her Influence on the Blues30
Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues33
The Recordings and Importance of Bessie Smith35
He Done Me Wrong: Classic Blues Subjects37
Other Blues Women of the 1920s39
Women and the Folk Blues42
Jazz Influences on the Blues43
3The Folk Blues: 1920-194044
Timeline: 1920-194044
African American Musical Styles44
Why the Classic Blues Were Recorded Before the Folk Blues45
Blind Lemon Jefferson47
The Jug Bands50
Delta Blues52
Charley Patton52
Robert Johnson: His Life, the Music, the Controversies, and the Legend54
The Impact of Robert Johnson69
Other Mississippi Artists70
Piedmont and Other Regional Styles71
Leadbelly and Lonnie Johnson73
Mr. Charley's Blues: White Blues Performers74
Holy Blues77
The Role of Individual Instruments77
Memphis Minnie: Women and the Folk Blues80
4Rhythm and Blues and the Beginning of Electric Blues: 1940-196082
Timeline: 1940-196082
Chicago Blues: 1935-195083
Rhythm and Blues86
The Blues Go Electric: T-Bone Walker86
Muddy Waters and the Chicago Delta Sound88
John Lee Hooker and B.B. King89
The Record Business in Postwar America90
Rhythm and Blues vs. the Blues93
Texas Goes to California: The LA R&B scene94
New York and the Doo-wop Groups95
New Orleans96
Rock and Roll and the Blues: 1954-196097
5The Blues Revival: 1960-1980100
Timeline: 1960-1980100
The Folk Revival101
The Strange Career of Josh White102
Blues Scholarship and Rediscovered Blues Singers103
Protest Music and the Blues105
The Young, White Blues Singers108
The New Independent Record Labels111
Why the Blues Became Popular?112
The Blues Goes Abroad113
American Blues-Rock Bands116
Jimi Hendrix117
Black Gospel Music117
Soul Music118
Building a New Blues Audience120
Louisiana Blues: The Sound of the Swamp121
The Blues Roll on in Chicago122
B.B. King's Career and Influence124
Blues Music Economics125
Artistic Control128
6The New Generation of Blues Artists: 1980-Today130
Timeline: 1980-2003130
The Late 1970s: The Blues Hiatus130
Bonnie Raitt131
Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Austin Blues Scene132
Independent Labels Fill the Void133
The Return of Robert Johnson134
The Emergence of Young, Black Blues Artists135
Blacks, Whites, and the Blues137
Women of the Blues139
The Young Turks: The Blues Rockers140
Regional Music142
The International Blues142
Current Outlets for the Blues142
The Martin Scorsese Blues Series143
Feel Like Going Home145
The Soul of a Man146
The Road to Memphis148
Warming by the Devil's Fire150
Godfathers and Sons151
Red, White and Blues152
Piano Blues154
Social Histories157
The Blues and Africa158
The Minstrel Period158
Social and Musical Background of the Blues159
Classic Blues161
Black Country Blues162
Gospel and Holy Blues163
Urban Blues, Rockabilly, Rock Blues, the Folk and Blues Revivals, British Blues163
Protest Music164
R&B and Soul164
Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop165
The Blues Today165
Biographies and Autobiographies165
Collections of Lyrics167
Songbooks (Words and Music)168
Record Companies and the Music Business168
Miscellaenous: Record Guides, Regional Blues, etc.169
Boxed Sets171
Black Secular Music Before the Blues172
Classic Blues Singers: Women of the 1920s174
Holy Blues174
Jug Bands175
Piedmont Blues175
Mississippi Delta Blues176
Texas Blues177
White Country Blues177
Urban Blues of the 1930s178
Various Instruments179
Social Protest and Commentary179
Chicago: Early Electric Blues179
R&B and Soul180
Chicago: Classic Electric Blues182
White American and the British Blues Revivalists182
Rock and Roll184
Cajun, Zydeco, and Louisiana Swamp Rock184
The New Black Blues Artists184
Young Guns185
Beyond Category185
Instructional Materials and Videos186
Audio and Visual Materials188
Performance and Documentary Videos188

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