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The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu

Devi, Debra

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ISBN 10: 1624071856 / ISBN 13: 9781624071850
Published by True Nature Books 2012-09-21, 2012
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Title: The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to ...

Publisher: True Nature Books 2012-09-21

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Fair

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Winner ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Music - a must for music fans and language nuts!

"What a great resource, as fascinating as it is informative. Debra's passion for the blues shines through." Bonnie Raitt

"Debra's book will teach you what you really need to know about blues history and where the blues are coming from." Joe Bonamassa

Packed with wild and insightful stories from blues artists, Reuters calls The Language of the Blues "one of the wittiest, bawdiest, most fascinating dictionaries ever." Wall Street Journal critic Nat Hentoff says it's "invaluable," and producer Hal Willner agrees: "It's an invaluable reference book. And it's also great fun to read."

The Language of the Blues explores over 150 terms like buffet flat, killing floor, and mojo with fresh insights from Huffington Post blogger Debra Devi's interviews with blues legends like Hubert Sumlin, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Henry Gray, Bob Margolin, Robben Ford, Jimmie Vaughan and more. "As a musician myself, not a scholar," Devi explains, "I thought I could best make a contribution by talking directly to blues artists about what the words in blues songs mean to them."

The result is a lively read Blues Revue deems "an essential purchase for scholars and fans."  New York Times columnist Shelton Ivany adds, "If you have any questions about songs, lyrics, musicians or events, chances are you will find your answers in this unparalleled publication."

The Language of the Blues opens with a remarkable foreword by Dr. John. It includes 40+ stunning photos of blues legends (17 in color).

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Winner ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Music

"One of the wittiest, bawdiest, most fascinating dictionaries ever." Reuters

"What a great resource...as fascinating as it is informative. Debra's passion for the blues shines through." Bonnie Raitt

"Finally one can understand the mechanics behind the overwhelming viscera of the Blues. Debra Devi's work is a true guide book to the soul." Al Jourgensen

"This book is fascinating! Take it to the bathroom and don't come out until you're done reading it." Jimmy Vivino

"Debra's book will teach you what you really need to know about blues history and where the blues are coming from."  Joe Bonamassa

"This is a beautiful book. After hearing 'Hellhound on My Trail' in high school I bought every vintage blues record available. Upon receiving The Language of the Blues I discovered my knowledge only scratched the surface." Hal Willner
 
"Don't think The Language of the Blues might read like a dictionary. There's no plot, but you can open it up at random, fall into the world of your favorite Blues songs, and find out more about the lyrics than you would by guessing from context. I learned a lot more about the Blues music I already love." Bob Margolin

"This is a book that lovers of music and just plain old lovers will love to have in their collections. Its candor and witty honesty bring us into the world Debra describes so well with beautiful strength." Ed Sanders

To explore the origins and meanings of blues terms like "mojo," and "killing floor," Debra Devi pored over academic sources, and interviewed such blues legends as Little Milton Campbell, Robben Ford, Henry Gray, Dr. John, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Bob Margolin, Bonnie Raitt, Hubert Sumlin and Jimmie Vaughan. The Language of the Blues includes 30+ photos (17 color)  of blues artists and a remarkable foreword by Dr. John.

Debra Devi is the singer/guitarist for the rock band DEVI and a Fender Girl Rock Nation artist. She's a Huffington Post blogger and former associate editor of Blues Revue who has also written for The Village Voice, Guitar World, and Rolling Stone.com.

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