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The Devil's Music: A History Of The Blues
     

The Devil's Music: A History Of The Blues

by Giles Oakley
 

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Superbly researched and vividly written, The Devil's Music is one of the only books to trace the rise and development of the blues both in relation to other forms of black music and in the context of American social history as experienced by African Americans. From its roots in the turn-of-the-century honky-tonks of New Orleans and the barrelhouses and

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Superbly researched and vividly written, The Devil's Music is one of the only books to trace the rise and development of the blues both in relation to other forms of black music and in the context of American social history as experienced by African Americans. From its roots in the turn-of-the-century honky-tonks of New Orleans and the barrelhouses and plantations of the Mississippi Delta to modern legends such as John Lee Hooker and B. B. King, the blues comes alive here through accounts by the blues musicians themselves and those who knew them. Throughout this wide-ranging and fascinating book, Giles Oakley describes the texture of the life that made the blues possible, and the changing attitudes toward the music. The Devil's Music is a wholehearted and loving examination of one of America's most powerful traditions.

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Stanley Dance
Well written and researched, it is loaded with valuable insights.
JazzTimes

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306807435
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
271,853
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author


In 1976, Giles Oakley helped produce the acclaimed five-part BBC documentary The Devil's Music, which resulted in this book. He has since coproduced numerous prime-time programs and series for BBC-TV and has contributed to many books and journals.

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