Most popular Blues books
The most popular Blues books currently available. Updated weekly.
_______________________*** The full, dramatic story of one of the most remarkable women in music history, celebrating Tina Turner's 60th year in the industry ***Love's got everything to do with it.
John's account of his long life is both affectionate and compelling - a guided tour through more than sixty years of the music business and its stars, brought to vivid life by one of its undisputed pioneers.
Up Jumped the Devil will astonish blues fans who thought they knew something about Robert Johnson.
An essential masterpiece of jazz history by renowned photographer and music historian, with a new foreword by Richard Williams
But most of all it is an uplifting story of an ordinary man who lit up America like a beacon in the night, was written off as a shambolic wreck and then - against all the odds - climbed back to become an even bigger star than he was first time around.
Eli Yamin explores those essential elements that make the blues sound authentic and guides readers of all backgrounds and levels through mastering this art form. He provides glimpses into the musical lives of the women and men who created the blues and offers concrete explanations and exercises to improve any singer's technique and expression.
Fully updated, tracing the evolution of jazz and blues from their nineteenth-century African-American origins right through to the present day. Key musical developments within each era are covered, as well as an A-Z of key artists; sections on Styles and Instruments also included. Written by a team of experts. Comprehensive and easy to use.
Contains three companion sets of trading cards - Heroes of the Blues, Early Jazz Greats, and Pioneers of Country Music - in book form. This work provides the biography of each musician, along with a full colour original illustration.
Examines the important figures in the creation of modern jazz, detailing the emergence of bebop through the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Fats Navarro, Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk. Using this as its starting point, this title delves into the developments of jazz composition, modal jazz and free jazz.
The definitive biography, by a long way, of the most influential blues musician of them all. In a nutshell: no Muddy Waters, no Rolling Stones
The dramatic rise and fall of Beale Street, the legendary Memphis thoroughfare that shook American culture.
'LISTEN. The greatest feeling I ever had in my life -- with my clothes on -- was when I first heard Diz and Bird back in 1944. I've come close to matching the feeling of that night, but I've never quite got there. I'm always looking for it, trying to always feel it in and through the music I play ...'
In 1963, in a south London hotel, Andrew Loog Oldham discovered an unknown rhythm and blues band called the Rolling Stones and became their manager and producer; 2Stoned is the remarkable record of these years, when Oldham's radical strategies transformed them into the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Band That Ever Drew Breath.
The acclaimed classic biography, fully revised, becomes the definitive.
Following in the bestselling tradition of our Guitar For Dummies (more than 550,000 copies sold in two editions) and Rock Guitar For Dummies (nearly 70,000 copies sold), this accessible guide shows guitarists and would-be guitarists how to start playing the blues--;without having to read music.
Mitsutoshi Inaba offers the first full-length biography of this key figure in the evolution of the Chicago blues. Interviews with Sonny Boy's family members and his last harmonica student provide new insights into the character of the man as well as the techniques of the musician.
A comprehensive study of the impact of the railroads on 19th and early 20th Century African American society and the many and varied references to this phenomenon in early blues lyrics.
Larger than life, and a legend in his own lifetime - an incredible true story, told in this, the first full biography of Seasick Steve.
The intimate yet unsparing biography of the world's first and most iconic rock star.
When Mississippi John Hurt (1892-1966) was "rediscovered" by blues revivalists in 1963, his musicianship and recordings transformed popular notions of prewar country blues. Mississippi John Hurt provides this legendary creator's life story for the first time. This biography includes some of the last photographs taken of the legendary musician.
Chicago-based Alligator Records is the biggest blues label in the world. This is the story of how it got that way, told by its founder, a story of small-time gigs and big breaks, changing audiences and a transformed industry, and, always, amazing music.
An illustrated study based on the seven-part PBS-TV series furnishes an impressionistic portrait of the blues and its influence on American music and culture as viewed by seven famous directors, in a collection of photographs, historical and personal essays, and interviews. Reprint. 35,000 first pr
How could it when the same critics asking the question could hardly agree on a definition of jazz itself? Was West Coast jazz the last regional style or merely a marketing fad? Was there really ever any such thing as West Coast jazz? If so, was it better or worse than East Coast jazz? This title deals with this queries.
An essential how-to guide for students and teachers. Designed for the complete beginner, it breaks down the process of learning jazz into simple activities and contains a range of easy music examples. It is an indispensable companion to the ABRSM Jazz Piano exams, with Part III dealing with the exam in detail. Comes with a full-length CD.
This close-up look at the life and music of Robert Johnson and his contributions to the evolution of blues music describes his obscurity during his own life, his innovative influence on American popular music, and how the history of blues music was shaped and transformed by white fans with different tastes and standards.
The guitarists' guitarist and the songwriters' songwriter, the legendary Bert Jansch has influenced diverse stars. Born in Edinburgh in 1943, Jansch became an inspirational and pioneering figure during Britain's 'folk revival' of the 1960s. In 1967, he formed folk/jazz fusion band Pentangle with John Renbourn and enjoyed international success.
Born to shell-shocked parents in shell-shocked London shortly after the end of World War II, Paul 'Sailor' Vernon came into his own during the 1960s when spotty teenage herberts with bad haircuts began discovering The Blues. This illustrated autobiography charts the many twists and turns in his roller-coaster adventure of a life.
Helps pianists learn about blues, exploring different skills and techniques that are needed to play, through favorite repertoire in easy-to-play arrangements.
Contains anecdotes and insights into the early British blues scene, and guitar legend, Jimmy Page's formative years as a musician, the beginnings of the Rolling Stones, and much more.
Billie Holiday's signature tune, 'Strange Fruit', with its graphic and heart-wrenching portrayal of a lynching in the South, brought home the evils of racism as well as being an inspiring mark of resistance. In 1939, its performance sparked controversy (and sometimes violence) wherever Billie Holiday went.
THE BLUES GUITAR HANDBOOK
A vivid biography of John Lee Hooker, from a critically acclaimed journalist
The fun and easy way to play blues on the harmonica Blues harmonica is the most popular and influential style of harmonica playing, and it forms the basis for playing harmonica in other styles such as rock and country.