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, provocative narrative.

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Francis Davis is a contributing editor of the Atlantic Monthly and writes regularly for the New York Times and the New Yorker. He is the author of the acclaimed books Outcats and History of the Blues and a biography of John Coltrane (Knopf). He lives in Philadelphia.

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Davis ambitiously chronicles one of the oldest American musical genres that remain thriving today, and because of his astute observations, personable wit, and challenging proposals, produces what is clearly one of the best books on it. Effectively using a first-person perspective, Davis explores the history of the blues throughout the rural South, its evolution in northern cities, and the marketing of vintage and contemporary blues musicians today. Moreover, he places the music's development within the context of general American cultural and social development. His commentary embraces such high-profile players as Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters as well as such far less known figures as Johnny "Daddy Stovepipe" Watson. Davis points out that modern country music and the blues share a common genesis in rural medicine shows, and he is courageous enough to make the politically unfashionable declaration that Elvis was "one of the finest singers ever spawned by the Southern United States" and then provide enough reasons to back up the claim. Companion to a new PBS TV series, this book is, like Davis' two collections of jazz articles, In the Moment (1987) and Outcats (1990), essential for the music library shelves. Aaron Cohen

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