Most popular Blues books
The most popular Blues books currently available. Updated weekly.
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.
_______________________*** 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.
'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 ...'
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.
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.
The dramatic rise and fall of Beale Street, the legendary Memphis thoroughfare that shook American culture.
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.
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
An essential masterpiece of jazz history by renowned photographer and music historian, with a new foreword by Richard Williams
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"The essential history of this distinctly American genre."-Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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' 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'.
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.