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Blues : The Basics Series - Dick Weissman


The Basics Series

Paperback Published: 17th December 2004
ISBN: 9780415970686
Number Of Pages: 216

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Blues: The Basics gives 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.

About the Author

Dick Weissman was Associate Professor of Music and Music Industry Studies from 1990-2002 at the University of Colorado at Denver. He has published many books on music, notably The Music Business: Career Opportunities and Self-Defense, now in its third edition. He lives in Portland, OR.

Introductionp. 1
Some Caveatsp. 4
The Roots of The Blues: 1619-1919p. 5
Timeline: 1619-1919p. 5
History and Origins of the Bluesp. 6
African Musical Traits in African American Musicp. 9
African American Spiritualsp. 10
Early Black Secular Musicp. 13
The Minstrel Showp. 14
The Early Bluesp. 17
Social Conditions at the Birth of the Blues: 1870s-1900p. 17
The Blues: 1890-1920p. 18
Subject Matterp. 20
Ragtime and Early Jazzp. 21
Blues Structurep. 23
Learning to Play or Sing the Bluesp. 25
Summaryp. 27
The 1920s: Documented Beginnings of the Classic and Rural Bluesp. 28
Timeline: The 1920sp. 28
Ma Rainey and Her Influence on the Bluesp. 30
Bessie Smith: Empress of the Bluesp. 33
The Recordings and Importance of Bessie Smithp. 35
He Done Me Wrong: Classic Blues Subjectsp. 37
Other Blues Women of the 1920sp. 39
Women and the Folk Bluesp. 42
Jazz Influences on the Bluesp. 43
Summaryp. 43
The Folk Blues: 1920-1940p. 44
Timeline: 1920-1940p. 44
African American Musical Stylesp. 44
Why the Classic Blues Were Recorded Before the Folk Bluesp. 45
Blind Lemon Jeffersonp. 47
The Jug Bandsp. 50
Delta Bluesp. 52
Charley Pattonp. 52
Robert Johnson: His Life, the Music, the Controversies, and the Legendp. 54
The Impact of Robert Johnsonp. 69
Other Mississippi Artistsp. 70
Piedmont and Other Regional Stylesp. 71
Leadbelly and Lonnie Johnsonp. 73
Mr. Charley's Blues: White Blues Performersp. 74
Holy Bluesp. 77
The Role of Individual Instrumentsp. 77
Memphis Minnie: Women and the Folk Bluesp. 80
Summaryp. 81
Rhythm and Blues and the Beginning of Electric Blues: 1940-1960p. 82
Timeline: 1940-1960p. 82
Chicago Blues: 1935-1950p. 83
Rhythm and Bluesp. 86
The Blues Go Electric: T-Bone Walkerp. 86
Muddy Waters and the Chicago Delta Soundp. 88
John Lee Hooker and B.B. Kingp. 89
The Record Business in Postwar Americap. 90
Rhythm and Blues vs. the Bluesp. 93
Texas Goes to California: The LA R&B scenep. 94
New York and the Doo-wop Groupsp. 95
New Orleansp. 96
Rock and Roll and the Blues: 1954-1960p. 97
Summaryp. 99
The Blues Revival: 1960-1980p. 100
Timeline: 1960-1980p. 100
The Folk Revivalp. 101
The Strange Career of Josh Whitep. 102
Blues Scholarship and Rediscovered Blues Singersp. 103
Protest Music and the Bluesp. 105
The Young, White Blues Singersp. 108
The New Independent Record Labelsp. 111
Why the Blues Became Popular?p. 112
The Blues Goes Abroadp. 113
American Blues-Rock Bandsp. 116
Jimi Hendrixp. 117
Black Gospel Musicp. 117
Soul Musicp. 118
Building a New Blues Audiencep. 120
Louisiana Blues: The Sound of the Swampp. 121
The Blues Roll on in Chicagop. 122
B.B. King's Career and Influencep. 124
Blues Music Economicsp. 125
Artistic Controlp. 128
Summaryp. 129
The New Generation of Blues Artists: 1980-Todayp. 130
Timeline: 1980-2003p. 130
The Late 1970s: The Blues Hiatusp. 130
Bonnie Raittp. 131
Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Austin Blues Scenep. 132
Independent Labels Fill the Voidp. 133
The Return of Robert Johnsonp. 134
The Emergence of Young, Black Blues Artistsp. 135
Blacks, Whites, and the Bluesp. 137
Women of the Bluesp. 139
The Young Turks: The Blues Rockersp. 140
Zydecop. 141
Regional Musicp. 142
The International Bluesp. 142
Current Outlets for the Bluesp. 142
The Martin Scorsese Blues Seriesp. 143
Feel Like Going Homep. 145
The Soul of a Manp. 146
The Road to Memphisp. 148
Warming by the Devil's Firep. 150
Godfathers and Sonsp. 151
Red, White and Bluesp. 152
Piano Bluesp. 154
Summaryp. 155
Notep. 157
Bibliographyp. 157
Social Historiesp. 157
The Blues and Africap. 158
The Minstrel Periodp. 158
Ragtimep. 158
Social and Musical Background of the Bluesp. 159
Classic Bluesp. 161
Black Country Bluesp. 162
Gospel and Holy Bluesp. 163
Urban Blues, Rockabilly, Rock Blues, the Folk and Blues Revivals, British Bluesp. 163
Protest Musicp. 164
R&B and Soulp. 164
Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Popp. 165
The Blues Todayp. 165
Biographies and Autobiographiesp. 165
Collections of Lyricsp. 167
Songbooks (Words and Music)p. 168
Record Companies and the Music Businessp. 168
Miscellaenous: Record Guides, Regional Blues, etc.p. 169
Discographyp. 171
Boxed Setsp. 171
Black Secular Music Before the Bluesp. 172
Classic Blues Singers: Women of the 1920sp. 174
Holy Bluesp. 174
Jug Bandsp. 175
Piedmont Bluesp. 175
Mississippi Delta Bluesp. 176
Texas Bluesp. 177
Songstersp. 177
White Country Bluesp. 177
Urban Blues of the 1930sp. 178
Various Instrumentsp. 179
Social Protest and Commentaryp. 179
Chicago: Early Electric Bluesp. 179
R&B and Soulp. 180
Chicago: Classic Electric Bluesp. 182
White American and the British Blues Revivalistsp. 182
Rock and Rollp. 184
Cajun, Zydeco, and Louisiana Swamp Rockp. 184
The New Black Blues Artistsp. 184
Young Gunsp. 185
Beyond Categoryp. 185
Instructional Materials and Videosp. 186
Booksp. 186
Audio and Visual Materialsp. 188
Performance and Documentary Videosp. 188
Indexp. 191
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ISBN: 9780415970686
ISBN-10: 0415970687
Series: The Basics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 17th December 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.68 x 12.7  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.26
Edition Number: 1

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