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Stomping the Blues
     

Stomping the Blues

by Albert Murray
 

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The legendary study of the blues by one of America's premier writers and critics.

This study of the blues by one of America’s premier essayists and novelists will change old attitudes about a tradition that continues to feed the very heart of popular music—a blues that dances,shakes,shimmies,and exchanges bad news for stomping,rollicking,pulse-quickening good

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The legendary study of the blues by one of America's premier writers and critics.

This study of the blues by one of America’s premier essayists and novelists will change old attitudes about a tradition that continues to feed the very heart of popular music—a blues that dances,shakes,shimmies,and exchanges bad news for stomping,rollicking,pulse-quickening good times.

"[Murray] is possessed of the poet's language,the novelist's sensibility,the essayist's clarity,the jazzman's imagination,the gospel singer's depth of feeling. " -The New Yorker

"A Flamboyant,insightful examination and evocation of the sources,styles,and mythologies of blues music. " -Newsweek

"Murray writes of the blues from the inside. His observations and conclusions show his authoritative comprehension of a blues musician’s roots,the choices and adaptations he makes of existing material to form his own style,and the off-stage personal style he creates to go with it. . . Murray’s preaching is sound. " -Amy Lee,Christian Science Monitor

"An entire chapter is devoted to correcting misconceptions about the blues and to redefining the music and its connotations for American culture. " -Jason Berry,The Nation

"The most eloquent book ever written about African-American music. " -Stanley Crouch,Village Voice

"By far the most stimulating interpretation of the meaning of jazz in African-American life. " -Martin Williams,author,The Jazz Tradition

"It is a discussion of the basic aesthetic values of blues music,how those values embody ritual responses to life,and the manner in which they originated in American black communities and were stylized by individual geniusesinto an art of universalimport. " -Gary Giddins,New York Magazine

"As striking a book about music as I have ever seen. " -Greil Marcus,Rolling Stone

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"Murray is possessed of the poet’s language, the novelist’s sensibility, the essayist’s clarity, the jazzman’s imagination, the gospel singer’s depth of feeling."—The New Yorker

"Insightful musical judgments, soulful social history, amusing anecdotes, and the most elegant prose this side of Ralph Ellison."—Village Voice

"A flamboyant, insightful examination and evocation of the sources, styles, and mythologies of blues music."—Newsweek

"One fine lyrical history of the music. Murray demonstrates the central role of blues/jazz in American culture, telling us about the nature of our past, present and future: which of course is exactly what the blues is."—San Francisco Review of Books

"Beautifully illustrated with vivid period photos, LP covers, and broadsides of black jazz icons, Stomping the Blues represents the zenith of Murray’s writing on the subject."—Rolling Stone

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780394712031
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/12/1982

Meet the Author

Albert Murray (1916-2013), author of thirteen books, including Murray Talks Music: Albert Murray on Jazz and Blues, Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones, and Good Morning Blues: The Autobiography of Count Basie, all from the University of Minnesota Press. He was a renowned jazz historian, novelist, and social and cultural theorist. He cofounded Jazz at Lincoln Center in 1987.

Paul Devlin is editor of Murray Talks Music and Rifftide, a finalist for the Jazz Journalists Association’s book award. He is coeditor (with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.) of the Library of America’s edition of Albert Murray’s work. He teaches at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

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