(1998 'Schimer Books') Illustrated guide to the blues and blues-makers.
It was once said that you could dial any number in the Memphis telephone directory and find a blues singer at the other end. "When I was growing up in the South, you sang gospel in church on a Sunday and blues on the back porch every evening," recalls B.B. King. This beautifully illustrated book captures that atmosphere, charting the key periods, the principal movements, the greatest musicians and the seminal songs.
• Discusses the people, the places and the music
• Fully illustrated throughout with color and black-and-white photographs
• The A-1 section covers everything and everyone from the beginning of blues to the present day
• Deals with blues on a world-wide scale —from its American roots to its current popularity around the world
Front cover: John Lee Hooker (Retna/Karen Miller) Back cover Robert Cray (Redferns/Leon Morris), Robert Johnson (Redferns), Bessie Smith (Frank Driggs Collection), Muddy Waters (RedfernsiMichael Ochs Archives)