Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music

Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music

by Ted Gioia

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Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music by Ted Gioia

“The essential history of this distinctly American genre.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
In this “expertly researched, elegantly written, dispassionate yet thoughtful history” (Gary Giddins), award-winning author Ted Gioia gives us “the rare combination of a tome that is both deeply informative and enjoyable to read” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). From the field hollers of nineteenth-century plantations to Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Delta Blues delves into the uneasy mix of race and money at the point where traditional music became commercial and bluesmen found new audiences of thousands. Combining extensive fieldwork, archival research, interviews with living musicians, and first-person accounts with “his own calm, argument-closing incantations to draw a line through a century of Delta blues” (New York Times), this engrossing narrative is flavored with insightful and vivid musical descriptions that ensure “an understanding of not only the musicians, but the music itself” (Boston Sunday Globe). Rooted in the thick-as-tar Delta soil, Delta Blues is already “a contemporary classic in its field” (Jazz Review).

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ISBN-13: 9780393337501
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/02/2009
Pages: 449
Sales rank: 1,211,158
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

An authority on jazz and blues, Ted Gioia is the founder and editor of jazz.com. He has recorded several CDs as a pianist and composer and is the author of five highly regarded books on jazz and roots music. He lives in Plano, Texas.

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Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
tampashelley More than 1 year ago
Ted Gioia caught my attention and held it for all 480 pages. If you want to learn about the blues for the first time or are looking for an updated book with even more information, Delta Blues is for you. Ted's style is easy to read; yet packed with facts and tidbits that kept me entranced. I used this book to assist me with my road trip through Mississippi as i explored the blues trail and historical markers that mark influential people, places, and events. Ted reminded me of names that had moved to the back of my mind as well as moving me to visit places I may have skipped. You won't be disappointed with this volume. A valuable addition to any bookshelf. Again, an easy and enjoyable way to learn about the blues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A truly great history of the early blues artists that came out of the deep Mississippi Delta. A fascinating account that had me engrossed from the first page.
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