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The most popular Blues books currently available. Updated weekly.
Lady Sings the Blues
Blues From Laurel Canyon: My Life as a Bluesman
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: The Real Life of Robert Johnson
Up Jumped the Devil will astonish blues fans who thought they knew something about Robert Johnson.
Tina Turner: My Love Story (Official Autobiography)
_______________________*** 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.
Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story
Blues: A Very Short Introduction
Improvising Blues Piano
Blues Harp From Scratch (Book/CD)
Miles: The Autobiography
'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 ...'
Guitar Play-Along Volume 49: Stevie Ray Vaughan (Book/Online Audio)
Joe Cocker: The Authorised Biography
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.
Hear It And Sing It] - Exploring The Blues
Starting Blues Harmonica (Book/CD/Harmonica)
So You Want to Sing the Blues: A Guide for Performers
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.
R. Crumb Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country
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.
Harmonica Play-Along Volume 10: Blues Classics
John Coltrane and the Jazz Revolution in the 1960s
Joy Of Boogie And Blues
Beale Street Dynasty: Sex, Song, and the Struggle for the Soul of Memphis
The dramatic rise and fall of Beale Street, the legendary Memphis thoroughfare that shook American culture.
Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues
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.
Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival
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.
Little Black Songbook: The Blues
Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters
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
As Serious As Your Life: Black Music and the Free Jazz Revolution, 1957-1977
An essential masterpiece of jazz history by renowned photographer and music historian, with a new foreword by Richard Williams
Tina Turner: My Love Story (Official Autobiography)
Early Jazz: Its Roots and Musical Development
Jazz Piano from Scratch: a how-to guide for students and teachers
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.
Railroadin' Some: Railroads in the Early Blues
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.
Blues Piano Collection
Blues Solos For Acoustic Guitar
John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson: The Blues Harmonica of Chicago's Bronzeville
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.
Delbert McClinton: One of the Fortunate Few
Today, more than sixty years after he first stepped onto a stage, Delbert McClinton shows no signs of slowing down. He continues to play sold-out concert and dance halls, theaters, and festival events across America. This book offers readers a soundtrack to some of the most pivotal moments in the history of American popular music - all backed by a cooking rhythm section.
Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story
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.
Poetry of the Blues
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.
Land Where Blues Began
Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography
The acclaimed classic biography, fully revised, becomes the definitive.
101 Must-Know Blues Licks
Best Of Blues Piano: Keyboard Signature Licks
Last Swill & Testament: The Hilarious, Unexpurgated Memoirs of Paul 'Sailor' Vernon, Blues Fanatic, Rare Record Dealer, Ligger, Erstwhile Bon Viveur & Friend to the Stars
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.
It's never too late to play blues, rags & boogies
Helps pianists learn about blues, exploring different skills and techniques that are needed to play, through favorite repertoire in easy-to-play arrangements.
Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music
"The essential history of this distinctly American genre."-Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Ed Roscetti: Blues Drumming
Blues for Piano
Blues Hands
Blues for Francis: The Life & Work of Francis Wilford-Smith
King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era
This book tells the first story of the life and works for Scott Joplin. In its expanded second edition, the book goes far beyond the original publication in uncovering details of the composer's life and insights into his music.
Ask for Blues
'Ask for Blues' is a true story of how Martin at 15 becomes captivated by skiffle and jazz and thanks to sheer determination becomes by 22 a talented multi-instrumentalist. After setting the scene in 1957-1959, the main action takes place between 1960 and 1964, the years of the 'trad boom'.
Being Elvis: A Lonely Life
The intimate yet unsparing biography of the world's first and most iconic rock star.
Mississippi John Hurt: His Life, His Times, His Blues
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.