A Guide to the Blues (Bibliographies and Indexes in)

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This ambitious work is the only book about the blues that embraces a complete history, over 300 biographical entries on the musicians, and an extensive filmography, discography, and bibliography. Sonnier traces almost 1,000 years of cultural history and connects the birth of the blues to its roots in African history and musical forms and to the history of slavery. He visits some highly musical places where the blues flourished in America and explores the influence of voodoo on the blues and, in turn, the influence of the blues on rock and roll. An alphabetically organized biographical dictionary includes up-to-date discographies on blues men and women. Nicknames by which the musicians are known are cross-referenced. The work contains photos of many blues greats, some from the author's personal collection. Sonnier has been involved with the blues all his life and brings to this work both professional expertise and an intimate knowledge and love of the music and its interpreters.

Part I offers a history of the blues: The African Influence, The New World, Some Highly Musical Places, Blues Women, Hoodoo (Voodoo) and the Blues, and the Blues Influence. Each chapter is followed by a bibliography. Twelve tables and charts help to explain the musical history. Part II includes a biographical dictionary of 300 blues greats; most entries contain discographies. Appendices include a selected filmography, bibliography, and discography. There are many photos of the musicians. This work will be of interest to novices and aficionados alike. The market is public, high school, 2-year and 4-year academic institutions.

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The only book about the blues that embraces a complete history, this ambitious work traces almost 1,000 years of cultural history and connects the blues to its roots in African history and musical forms and to the history of slavery. This comprehensive reference contains an up-to-date biographical dictionary which includes discographies of over 300 blues men and women. Nicknames by which the musicians are known are cross-referenced; photos of many blues greats, some from the author's personal collection; an extensive filmography, discography, and bibliography; visits to highly musical places where the blues flourished in America; and a study of the influence of voodoo on the blues and, in turn, the influence of the blues on rock and roll. Sonnier has been involved with the blues all his life, and brings to this work both professional expertise and an intimate knowledge of the music and its interpreters.

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AUSTIN SONNIER, JR. is an author from Louisiana, a home of the blues. He is the author of Willie Geary Bunk Johnson, The New Iberia Years (1977) and Second Linin': Jazzmen of Southwest Louisiana 1900-1950 (1989) and 27 articles on blues and jazz in U.S. and European publications. At present he is writing two books: The Violin Tradition in New Orleans Jazz and Zydeco: La Musique Creole et Acadienne.

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