Hugh Merrill The Blues Route

ISBN 13: 9780688066116

The Blues Route

3 avg rating
( 14 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780688066116: The Blues Route
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

A columnist describes his cross-country odyssey in search of America's indigenous blues music, in a chronicle of the history of blues music, its legendary musicians, and its promoters, disc jockeys, and record producers

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly:

In his search for the roots of the blues, a nationally syndicated columnist from Georgia visits cocktail lounges, juke joints and no-name dives in Mississippi, Memphis, New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. Among the bluespeople whose racy stories he quotes are 70-ish Rufus Thomas ("the world's oldest teenager") of Sun and Stax records; Alligator's Bruce Iglauer, who, in the author's estimation, records the best contemporary blues; Koko Taylor ("the queen of the blues"), who recorded for Willie Dixon on Chess; Watts's Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson; trumpeter Gregory Davis of the Dirty Dozen; signer Valerie Wellington, who forsook Verdi and Wagner for Elmore James and Ma Rainey; and German-born Chris Strachwitz, the first person to record Louisiana zydeco music and the man who made Clifton Chenier famous. Merrill's route is leisurely and each step a festival for blues devotees. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

In 1986 Merrill retraced the blues' path from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago and the West. His journey is a kind of graveyard tour, populated by the caretakers of the blues' greatest musical legacies. Those who still play lament the flight of black music to pop radio, not seeming to understand that the rural society from which the blues grew has moved on. Merrill lets them speak in their own voices via largely unadorned narratives. Each singer tells a similar story, but dedication to their unique and important music seeps through. Merrill's own contribution is slim, and his narrative has little shape. Still, his book is more useful as an oral history documenting fathers long ago displaced by their wilder, noisier, and wealthier sons and daughters.
- Timothy L. Zindel, Hastings Coll. of the Law, San Francisco
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Merrill, Hugh
Published by William Morrow & Co (1990)
ISBN 10: 0688066119 ISBN 13: 9780688066116
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Fleamarketbooks
(Luzerne, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow & Co, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. {New} Hardback. Seller Inventory # 293033

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 11.95
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Hugh Merrill
Published by William Morrow & Co (1990)
ISBN 10: 0688066119 ISBN 13: 9780688066116
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow & Co, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0688066119

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 21.59
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Hugh Merrill
Published by William Morrow & Co (1990)
ISBN 10: 0688066119 ISBN 13: 9780688066116
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description William Morrow & Co, 1990. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0688066119

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 23.11
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds