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Blues: The Basics,9780415970686

Blues: The Basics

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Format: Nonspecific Binding
Pub. Date: 10/26/2004
Publisher(s): Routledge
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Summary

Blues: The Basicsgives a brief introduction to a century of the blues; it is ideal for students and interested listeners who want to learn more about this treasured American artform. The book is organized chronologically, focusing on the major eras in blues's growth and development. It opens with a chapter defining the blues form and detailing the major genres within it. Next, the author gives the beginning blues fan points on how to listen to and truly enjoy the music. The heart of the book traces blues's growth from its folk origins through early recordings of city blues singers like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith and country blues stars like Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Finally, the author gives an overview of the blues scene today. The book concludes with lists of key recordings, books, and videos. Blues: TheBasicsserves as an excellent introduction to the players, the music, and the styles that make blues an enduring and well-loved musical style.

Author Biography

Dick Weissman is Emeritus Professor of Music and Music Industry Studies at the University of Colorado at Denver

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(3)
Some Caveats
4(1)
The Roots of The Blues: 1619--1919
5(23)
Timeline: 1619--1919
5(1)
History and Origins of the Blues
6(3)
African Musical Traits in African American Music
9(1)
African American Spirituals
10(3)
Early Black Secular Music
13(1)
The Minstrel Show
14(3)
The Early Blues
17(4)
Social Conditions at the Birth of the Blues: 1870s--1900
17(1)
The Blues: 1890--1920
18(2)
Subject Matter
20(1)
Ragtime and Early Jazz
21(2)
Blues Structure
23(2)
Learning to Play or Sing the Blues
25(2)
Summary
27(1)
The 1920s: Documented Beginnings of the Classic and Rural Blues
28(16)
Timeline: The 1920s
28(2)
Ma Rainey and Her Influence on the Blues
30(3)
Bessie Smith: Empress of the Blues
33(4)
The Recordings and Importance of Bessie Smith
35(2)
He Done Me Wrong: Classic Blues Subjects
37(2)
Other Blues Women of the 1920s
39(3)
Women and the Folk Blues
42(1)
Jazz Influences on the Blues
43(1)
Summary
43(1)
The Folk Blues: 1920--1940
44(38)
Timeline: 1920--1940
44(1)
African American Musical Styles
44(1)
Why the Classic Blues Were Recorded Before the Folk Blues
45(2)
Blind Lemon Jefferson
47(3)
The Jug Bands
50(2)
Delta Blues
52(19)
Charley Patton
52(2)
Robert Johnson: His Life, the Music, the Controversies, and the Legend
54(15)
The Impact of Robert Johnson
69(1)
Other Mississippi Artists
70(1)
Piedmont and Other Regional Styles
71(2)
Leadbelly and Lonnie Johnson
73(1)
Mr. Charley's Blues: White Blues Performers
74(3)
Holy Blues
77(1)
The Role of Individual Instruments
77(3)
Memphis Minnie: Women and the Folk Blues
80(1)
Summary
81(1)
Rhythm and Blues and the Beginning of Electric Blues: 1940-1960
82(18)
Timeline: 1940--1960
82(1)
Chicago Blues: 1935--1950
83(3)
Rhythm and Blues
86(2)
The Blues Go Electric: T-Bone Walker
86(2)
Muddy Waters and the Chicago Delta Sound
88(1)
John Lee Hooker and B.B. King
89(1)
The Record Business in Postwar America
90(3)
Rhythm and Blues vs. the Blues
93(1)
Texas Goes to California: The LA R&B scene
94(1)
New York and the Doo-wop Groups
95(1)
New Orleans
96(1)
Rock and Roll and the Blues: 1954--1960
97(2)
Summary
99(1)
The Blues Revival: 1960--1980
100(30)
Timeline: 1960--1980
100(1)
The Folk Revival
101(12)
The Strange Career of Josh White
102(1)
Blues Scholarship and Rediscovered Blues Singers
103(2)
Protest Music and the Blues
105(3)
The Young, White Blues Singers
108(3)
The New Independent Record Labels
111(1)
Why the Blues Became Popular?
112(1)
The Blues Goes Abroad
113(3)
American Blues-Rock Bands
116(1)
Jimi Hendrix
117(1)
Black Gospel Music
117(1)
Soul Music
118(2)
Building a New Blues Audience
120(1)
Louisiana Blues: The Sound of the Swamp
121(1)
The Blues Roll on in Chicago
122(2)
B.B. King's Career and Influence
124(1)
Blues Music Economics
125(4)
Artistic Control
128(1)
Summary
129(1)
The New Generation of Blues Artists: 1980--Today
130(61)
Timeline: 1980--2003
130(1)
The Late 1970s: The Blues Hiatus
130(1)
Bonnie Raitt
131(1)
Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Austin Blues Scene
132(1)
Independent Labels Fill the Void
133(1)
The Return of Robert Johnson
134(1)
The Emergence of Young, Black Blues Artists
135(2)
Blacks, Whites, and the Blues
137(2)
Women of the Blues
139(1)
The Young Turks: The Blues Rockers
140(1)
Zydeco
141(1)
Regional Music
142(1)
The International Blues
142(1)
Current Outlets for the Blues
142(1)
The Martin Scorsese Blues Series
143(2)
Feel Like Going Home (d. Martin Scorsese; written by Peter Guralnick)
145(1)
The Soul of a Man (d. and written by Wim Wenders)
146(2)
The Road to Memphis (d. Richard Pierce; written by Robert Gordon)
148(2)
Warming by the Devil's Fire (d. and written by Charles Burnett)
150(1)
Godfathers and Sons (d. Mark Levin)
151(1)
Red, White and Blues (d. Mike Figgis)
152(2)
Piano Blues (d. Clint Eastwood)
154(1)
Summary
155(2)
Appendix
Note
157(1)
Bibliography
157(14)
Social Histories
157(1)
The Blues and Africa
158(1)
The Minstrel Period
158(1)
Ragtime
158(1)
Social and Musical Background of the Blues
159(2)
Classic Blues
161(1)
Black Country Blues
162(1)
Gospel and Holy Blues
163(1)
Urban Blues, Rockabilly, Rock Blues, the Folk and Blues Revivals, British Blues
163(1)
Protest Music
164(1)
R&B and Soul
164(1)
Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop
165(1)
The Blues Today
165(1)
Biographies and Autobiographies
165(2)
Collections of Lyrics
167(1)
Songbooks (Words and Music)
168(1)
Record Companies and the Music Business
168(1)
Miscellaenous: Record Guides, Regional Blues, etc.
169(2)
Discography
171(15)
Boxed Sets
171(1)
Black Secular Music Before the Blues
172(2)
Classic Blues Singers: Women of the 1920s
174(1)
Holy Blues
174(1)
Jug Bands
175(1)
Piedmont Blues
175(1)
Mississippi Delta Blues
176(1)
Texas Blues
177(1)
Songsters
177(1)
White Country Blues
177(1)
Urban Blues of the 1930s
178(1)
Various Instruments
179(1)
Social Protest and Commentary
179(1)
Chicago: Early Electric Blues
179(1)
R&B and Soul
180(2)
Chicago: Classic Electric Blues
182(1)
White American and the British Blues Revivalists
182(2)
Rock and Roll
184(1)
Cajun, Zydeco, and Louisiana Swamp Rock
184(1)
The New Black Blues Artists
184(1)
Young Guns
185(1)
Beyond Category
185(1)
Instructional Materials and Videos
186(5)
Books
186(2)
Audio and Visual Materials
188(1)
Performance and Documentary Videos
188(3)
Index 191

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