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American Popular Music: Blues

A comprehensive A-to-Z guide to the blues—from its roots to the present.


Born out of the field hollers, work songs, and spirituals sung by African-American slaves and tenant farmers as they were … (See Below for Full Description)
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A comprehensive A-to-Z guide to the blues—from its roots to the present.

Born out of the field hollers, work songs, and spirituals sung by African-American slaves and tenant farmers as they were forced to work in the fields of the South, blues music often speaks of oppression, sadness, and love— topics that transcend racial and ethnic boundaries. Early musicians such as Blind Lemon Jefferson and W.C. Handy established the standards of the genre, with the hit songs "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean" and "Memphis Blues," respectively. Their affecting lyrics later served as inspiration for future blues performers such as Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and John Lee Hooker. The blues became the foundation for nearly every form of American music created in the 20th century, especially jazz, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and hip-hop.

American Popular Music: Blues, in more than 450 entries, brings together in a single volume all the aspects of this musical genre, creating an essential resource for music lovers everywhere, as well as those interested in the historical roots of an American legacy.

Entries include:
  • Etta Baker
  • Eric Clapton
  • Ida Cox
  • Robert Cray
  • W.C. Handy
  • Bertha "Chippie" Hill
  • John Lee Hooker
  • Lightnin' Hopkins
  • Etta James
  • Blind Lemon Jefferson
  • Robert Johnson
  • B.B. King
  • Lead Belly
  • Muddy Waters
  • Stevie Ray Vaughn
  • and many others.

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-0-8160-6926-2
ISBN-10 816069263
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series American Popular Music
Author Dick Weissman; General Editor: Richard Carlin; Foreword by Craig Morrison, Ph.D.
Publication Date 11/1/2006
Book's Binding Paperback
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Specifications 42 black-and-white photographs. Index. Bibliography. Glossary. Cross-references. Chronology. Discography.
Available Formats Print

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