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The Country Blues : Da Capo Paperback - Samuel Charters

The Country Blues

Da Capo Paperback


Published: 1st April 1988
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From the field cries and work chants of Southern Negroes emerged a rich and vital music called the country blues, an intensely personal expression of the pains and pleasures of black life. This music--recorded during the twenties by men like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Big Bill Broonzy, and Robert Johnson--had all but disappeared from memory until the folk music revival of the late 1950's created a new and appreciable audience for the country blues.On of the pioneering studies of this unjustly-neglected music was Sam Charter's "The Country Blues." In it, Charters recreates the special world of the country bluesman--that lone black performer accompanying himself on the acoustic guitar, his music a rich reflection of his own emotional life.Virtually rewriting the history of the blues, Charters reconstructs its evolution and dissemination, from the first tentative soundings on the Mississippi Delta through the emergence, with Elvis Presley, of rock and roll. His carefully-researched biographies of near-legendary performers like Lonnie Johnson, Blind Boy Fuller, and Tampa Red--coupled with his perceptive discussions of their recordings--pay tribute to a kind of artistry that will never be seen or heard again. And his portraits of the still-strumming Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Muddy Waters, and Lightnin' Hopkins--point up the undying strength and vitality of the country blues.

Preface to the 1975 Editionp. vii
Introduction to the 1959 Editionp. xvii
A Music "... Extraordinarily Wild and Unaccountable."p. 19
"That Gives Me the Blues to go Back to Dallas."p. 32
The Crazy Bluesp. 43
Blind Lemonp. 57
"You Don't See Into These Blues Like Me"p. 73
"... The Noisiest Damn Place in the World."p. 86
Dr. Stokey, Dr. Benson, Dr. C. E. Hangersonp. 100
The Memphis Jug Bandsp. 107
"Goin' to Kansas City"p. 131
Leroy Carrp. 138
The 14000'sp. 148
Blind Williep. 156
"Big Bill Broomsley"p. 166
"I Got the Bluebird Beat"p. 182
49, 51, 61p. 195
Robert Johnsonp. 207
"Hey, Mama, Hey, Pretty Girl."p. 212
Brownie McGheep. 221
"The Mommies and Daddies from Coast to Coast"p. 232
Muddy Watersp. 245
Lightnin'p. 254
Recorded Blues Backgroundsp. 269
The Blues Recordingsp. 274
Indexp. 279
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ISBN: 9780306800146
ISBN-10: 0306800144
Series: Da Capo Paperback
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 1st April 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 14.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.3
Edition Number: 1