The Roots Of The Blues: An African Search

bySamuel Charters

Paperback | August 22, 1991

The Roots Of The Blues: An African Search by Samuel Charters
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"I went to Africa to find the roots of the blues." So Samuel Charters begins the extraordinary story of his research. But what began as a study of how the blues was handed down from African slaves to musicians of today via the slave ships, became something much more complex. For in Africa Samuel Charters discovered a music which was not just a part of the past but a very vital living part of African culture. The Roots of the Blues not only reveals Charters's remarkable talent in discussing African folk music and its relationship with American blues; it demonstrates his power as a descriptive and narrative writer. Using extensive quotations of song lyrics and some remarkable photographs of the musicians, Charters has created a unique contribution to our understanding of both African and American cultures and their music.
Samuel Charters is a musicographer, novelist, poet, and producer of jazz and blues records who for many years has also been seriously interested in every aspect of black music. His book, The Country Blues, was the first to be published on the subject. He began making field recordings in the South in the early 1950s and has subsequently...
Title:The Roots Of The Blues: An African SearchFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:168 pages, 8.25 X 5.38 X 0.54 inShipping dimensions:168 pages, 8.25 X 5.38 X 0.54 inPublished:August 22, 1991Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030680445X

ISBN - 13:9780306804458

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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