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Encyclopedia of the Blues 2-Volume Set - Edward Komara

Encyclopedia of the Blues 2-Volume Set

By: Edward Komara (Editor)

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This comprehensive two-volume set brings together all aspects of the blues from performers and musical styles to record labels and cultural issues, including regional evolution and history. Organized in an accessible A-to-Z format, the "Encyclopedia of the Blues "is an essential reference resource for information on this unique American music genre.
Coverage includes:
- The whole history of the blues, from its antecedents in African and American types of music to the contemporary styles performed today
- Artists active throughout the United States and from foreign countries
- The business of the blues, including individual record labels active since the prewar era
- Aspects particular to blues lyrics and music
- Specific issues such as race or gender as related to the blues
- Reference lists of blues periodicals, blues newsletters, libraries, and museums

'An impressive list of contributors ... Besides being rich with biographical entries, this Encyclopedia also includes entries for important record labels, instruments, styles, geographic regions, aspects of the business, and additional topics that have been lacking in other encyclopedic efforts ... This is a valuable addition to the reference shelf of blues literature ... Highly recommended.' - Choice

'This two-volume A-to-Z set effectively categorizes the history of the blues. A great benefit is that the book features blues artists from all time periods, and the number of obscure blues artists listed in remarkable. Essential for any library collecting the history of the blues.' -- Library Journal

'In this two-volume Encyclopedia, Komara provides about 2100 entries, both brief and extensive, on the blues, its history, culture, roots, contemporary styles, artists, historians, songwriters, record labels, forms, characteristics, instruments, songs, regions, historiography, music business, and related forms. Discographies and bibliographiesfor each entry are included, as well as a thematic list of entries and an index in each volume.' --Reference & Research Book News

"A great deal of useful material is enclosed within the two sets of covers. It spreads a broader and deeper net than the late Sheldon Harris's Blues Who's Who (1979), going beyond individual musicians, and it includes broader headings such as regions/states; musical styles and techniques; instruments; points of cultural interest; historiography; record labels; related art forms; specific 'major' songs. These longer entries are quite good, well-researched and well-written, worth knowing about and using." --Peter B. Lowry, Western Folklore, volume 68, nos. 2-3 (2009)

Entries include: American Folk Blues Festivals Bell, T.D. Below, Fred Below
Circuit Cincinnati Cleveland Country Blues Country Music Detroit Dillard
Electric Flag Field Hollers Forms: Work-song Funderburgh
Bob Great Depression Guitar: Technical Description Harmonica Historiography: 1933-1942 Horn Sections
Mandolin Marketing : Retailing Periodicals Piedmont Pittsburgh Rac ialIssues and the Blues Railroads Rap Research Rhythm and Blues Rochester, NY Rock-and-Roll
Scales Seattle Soul South America Sweden Topical Blues on: Civil Rights Transcription (Lyrics) and much more...
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ISBN: 9780415926997
ISBN-10: 0415926998
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 1440
Published: 1st December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 27.94 x 22.23  x 7.62
Weight (kg): 3.8
Edition Number: 1