By Ted Gioia

ISBN-10: 0393062589

ISBN-13: 9780393062588

ISBN-10: 0393337502

ISBN-13: 9780393337501

“The crucial heritage of this rather American genre.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In this “expertly researched, elegantly written, dispassionate but considerate background” (Gary Giddins), award-winning writer Ted Gioia supplies us “the infrequent blend of a tome that's either deeply informative and stress-free to learn” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). From the sector hollers of nineteenth-century plantations to Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Delta Blues delves into the uneasy mixture of race and cash on the aspect the place conventional tune turned advertisement and bluesmen stumbled on new audiences of millions. Combining wide fieldwork, archival examine, interviews with residing musicians, and first-person bills with “his personal calm, argument-closing incantations to attract a line via a century of Delta blues” (New York Times), this engrossing narrative is flavored with insightful and vibrant musical descriptions that determine “an knowing of not just the musicians, however the track itself” (Boston Sunday Globe). Rooted within the thick-as-tar Delta soil, Delta Blues is already “a modern vintage in its box” (Jazz Review).

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