Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta

Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta
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Blues is the cornerstone of American popular music, the bedrock of rock and roll. In this extraordinary musical and social history, Robert Palmer traces the odyssey of the blues from its rural beginnings, to the steamy bars of Chicago’s South Side, to international popularity, recognition, and imitation. Palmer tells the story of the blues through the lives of its greatest practitioners: Robert Johnson, who sang of being pursued by the hounds of hell; Muddy Waters, who electrified Delta blues and gave the music its rock beat; Robert Lockwood and Sonny Boy Williamson, who launched the King Biscuit Time radio show….

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The History of Texas Music (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas)

The History of Texas Music (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas Music History, Texas State University)
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The richly diverse ethnic heritage of the Lone Star State has brought to the Southwest a remarkable array of rhythms, instruments, and musical styles that have blended here in unique ways and, in turn, have helped shape the music of the nation and the world. Historian Gary Hartman writes knowingly and lovingly of the Lone Star State’s musical traditions. In the first thorough survey of the vast and complex cultural mosaic that has produced what we know today as “Texas music,” he paints a broad, panoramic view, offers analysis of the origins of and influences on specific genres, profiles….

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Always in Trouble: An Oral History of ESP-Disk', the Most Outrageous Record Label in America (Music/Interview)

Always in Trouble: An Oral History of ESP-Disk’, the Most Outrageous Record Label in America (Music/Interview)
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In 1964, Bernard Stollman launched the independent record label ESP-Disk’ in New York City to document the free jazz movement there. A bare-bones enterprise, ESP was in the right place at the right time, producing albums by artists like Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, and Sun Ra, as well as folk-rock bands like the Fugs and Pearls Before Swine. But the label quickly ran into difficulties and, due to the politically subversive nature of some productions and sloppy business practices, it folded in 1974. Always in Trouble tells the story of ESP-Disk’ through a multitude of voices—first Stollman’s, as he recounts….

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Music of the Counterculture Era (American History through Music)

Music of the Counterculture Era (American History Through Music)
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The late 1960s and early 1970s saw the flourishing of an American counterculture that affected many walks of society. The movement’s music provided the soundtrack for this bellwether time in American cultural history. Such performers as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Arlo Guthrie, The Doors, John Lennon, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and The Grateful Dead ushered in new sounds, as well as new attitudes and philosophies for an emerging generation. With vibrant narrative chapters on the role of music in the anti-war movement, the Black power movement, the women’s movement, political radicalism, drug use, and the counterculture lifestyle, James….

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Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History

Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History
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Drawing from contemporary journalism, reviews, program notes, memoirs, interviews, and other sources, Keeping Time: Readings in Jazz History brings to life the controversies and critical issues that have accompanied every moment of jazz history. Highlighting the significance of jazz as a complex and consequential social practice as well as an art form, this book presents a multitude of ways in which people have understood and cared about jazz. It records a history not of style changes but of values, meanings, and sensibilities. Featuring sixty-two thought-provoking chapters, this unique volume gives voice to a wide range of perspectives, stressing different….

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Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop–A History

Kansas City Jazz: From Ragtime to Bebop--A History
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There were four major galaxies in the early jazz universe, and three of them–New Orleans, Chicago, and New York–have been well documented in print. But there has never been a serious history of the fourth, Kansas City, until now. In this colorful history, Frank Driggs and Chuck Haddix capture the golden age of Kansas City jazz, and bring us a colorful portrait of old Kaycee itself, back then a neon riot of bars, bambling dens, and taxi dance halls, all ruled over by Boss Tom Pendergast, who had transformed a dusty cowtown into the Paris of the Plains. The….

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33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day

33 Revolutions per Minute: A History of Protest Songs, from Billie Holiday to Green Day
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From one of the most prominent music critics writing today, a page-turning and wonderfully researched history of protest music in the twentieth century and beyondNowhere does pop music collide more dramatically with the wider world than in the protest song, which forces its way into the news and prompts conversations from Washington to Westminster. Rather than being merely a worthy adjunct to the business of pop, protest music is woven into its DNA. When you listen to Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Public Enemy, or the Clash, you are not sitting down to a dusty seminar; you are hearing pop music….

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The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People

The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People
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Francis Davis’s The History of the Blues is a groundbreaking rethinking of the blues that fearlessly examines how race relations have altered perceptions of the music. Tracing its origins from the Mississippi Delta to its amplification in Chicago right after World War II, Davis argues for an examination of the blues in its own right, not just as a precursor to jazz and rock ‘n’ roll. The lives of major figures such as Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly, in addition to contemporary artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray, are examined and skillfully woven into a riveting,….

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The Melodic and Polyrhythmic Development of John Coltrane's Spontaneous Composition in a Racist Society (Studies in the History and Interpretation of Music, V. 54)

The Melodic and Polyrhythmic Development of John Coltrane's Spontaneous Composition in a Racist Society (Studies in the History and Interpretation of Music, V. 54)
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Centring on an essential relationship between the spontaneous compositions of John Coltrane’s late period, this text posits this with his musical evolution from his formative years to the end of his career, his spiritual development, and the socioculture in which he lived and created. In consequence of this interdependence, this book argues that racism in American society had a significant negative impact upon the music of this African-American composer and his musical colleagues.

The World of Swing: An Oral History of Big Band Jazz

The World of Swing: An Oral History of Big Band Jazz
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Now available for a new generation of swing enthusiasts, reissued to coincide with the release of “The World of Swing” CD from Columbia/Legacy, this monumental history of big band jazz, documented through interviews with forty leading musicians, has been updated with a new introduction and discography by Dan Morgenstern.