"Talkin' to Myself: Blues Lyrics, 1921-1942" is a compendium of lyrics by the great blues recording artists of the classic blues era. It includes over 2000 songs, transcribed directly from the original recordings, making it by far the most comprehensive and accurate collection of blues lyrics available.
Blues lyrics are recognized as a unique form of African-American poetry. They reflect myriad issues, well beyond the cliches of love gone wrong. The blues was a means of communicating a wide range of feelings on topics as varied as love, illness, politics, work and employment, recreation--the entire range of the African-American experience.
Artists covered include many major blues performers, as well as the obscure. Some of the better known names include Kokomo Arnold; Blind Willie McTell; Robert Johnson; Charlie Patton; Lead Belly; Son House; Skip James; Blind Blake; Blind Lemon Jefferson; and dozens more.
Today, the blues is enjoying a period of popularity and study that is unparalleled in their century-plus tradition. "Talkin' to Myself: Blues Lyrics, 1921-1942 "will appeal to students of American music, African-American culture, and folk poetry--as well as the myriad blues fans around the globe. It will stand as the standard collection for decades to come.
"Man, you want to talk about lyrical power? This is a treasure chest of more than 2,000 songs and these artists weren't scared to discuss what really moves them."
|Preface to the New Edition||p. ix|
|Preface to the First Edition||p. xi|
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Number Of Pages: 744
Published: 15th September 2005
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 4.3
Weight (kg): 0.51