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Escaping The Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues
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|December 14, 2004

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The life of blues legend Robert Johnson becomes the centerpiece for this innovative look at what many consider to be America's deepest and most influential music genre. Pivotal are the questions surrounding why Johnson was ignored by the core black audience of…
Brother Robert: Growing Up With Robert Johnson

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This intimate memoir by blues legend Robert Johnson's stepsister includes new details about his family, music, influences, tragic death, and musical afterlife. Though only twenty-seven years young and relatively unknown at the time of his tragic death in 1938,…
Therefore Choose Life: The Found Massey Lectures

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"All men, everywhere, have asked the same questions: Whence we come, what kind of thing we are, and at least some intimation of what may become of us . . ." So begins Nobel Prize-winning scientist George Wald's 1970 Massey Lectures, now in print for the first…
The Mayor of MacDougal Street [2013 edition]: A Memoir
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|October 15, 2013

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Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the '60s, he…
How The Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music

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Overthrowing the conventional pieties of mainstream jazz and rock history, Elijah Wald traces the evolution of popular music through developing tastes, trends and technologies - including the role of records, radio, jukeboxes and television - to give a fuller,…
Sweet Bitter Blues: Washington, Dc's Homemade Blues
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|February 28, 2020

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Sweet Bitter Blues: Washington, DC?s Homemade Blues depicts the life and times of harmonica player Phil Wiggins and the unique, vibrant music scene around him, as described by music journalist Frank Matheis. Featuring Wiggins?s story, but including information on…
American Epic: The First Time America Heard Itself

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The companion book to the groundbreaking PBS and BBC documentary series celebrating the pioneers and artists of American roots music—blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, Appalachian, Hawaiian, Native American—without which there would be no jazz, rock, country…
Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night that Split the Sixties

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One of the music world’s pre-eminent critics takes a fresh and much-needed look at the day Dylan “went electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, timed to coincide with the event’s fiftieth anniversary. On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob…
Talking 'Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap

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From Two Live Crew's controversial comedy to Ice Cube's gangsta styling and the battle rhymes of a streetcorner cypher, rap has always drawn on deep traditions of African American poetic word-play. In Talking 'Bout Your Mama, author Elijah Wald explores one of…
The Blues: A Very Short Introduction
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|August 7, 2010

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Praised as "suave, soulful, ebullient" (Tom Waits) and "a meticulous researcher, a graceful writer, and a committed contrarian" (New York Times Book Review), Elijah Wald is one of the leading popular music critics of his generation. In The Blues, Wald surveys a…
Narcocorrido: A Journey Into The Music Of Drugs, Guns, And Guerrillas

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This book explores the world in which one of the oddest and most interesting trends in Latin music over the last 30 years has risen, the narcocorrido. Narcocorridos are Mexican ballads about the daring deeds of cross-border drug traffickers. Tracing the…
Josh White: Society Blues
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|June 30, 2002

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First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
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