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Blues & related literature blog anyone?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 10:45 am
by Alan Balfour
This blogger seems to be slowly cataloguing his entire blues literature for all to view!

http://bluesbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

Re: Blues & related literature blog anyone?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:06 pm
by NormanD
Very nice too, thanks Alan.

For those bluesheads with Facebook accounts, do visit and join the Real Blues Forum. It has various sub-groups, such as pre-war UK 78 issues and the Paul Oliver collection. Too much to read, but wonderful to see available. Lots of names you're probably familiar with, Alan (Paul Vernon is one of the main instigators) and carefully moderated to avoid argument or JoeBonamassaism. A great resource, and very entertaining too.

Re: Blues & related literature blog anyone?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:30 pm
by Rob Hall
NormanD wrote:JoeBonamassaism.


Nice one Norman, I like it (the term, not the music).

Re: Blues & related literature blog anyone?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:06 pm
by Alan Balfour
NormanD wrote:For those bluesheads with Facebook accounts, do visit and join the Real Blues Forum. It has various sub-groups, such as pre-war UK 78 issues and the Paul Oliver collection. Too much to read, but wonderful to see available. Lots of names you're probably familiar with, Alan (Paul Vernon is one of the main instigators) and carefully moderated to avoid argument or JoeBonamassaism. A great resource, and very entertaining too.
Take the RBF out of the social networking milieu in which it resides and I'll be there like a shot. Until then....noooowaay.

Re: Blues & related literature blog anyone?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 1:21 pm
by Adam Blake
Various students keep mentioning this Bonamassa person to me. I have not as yet investigated. Do you think I should?

Re: Blues & related literature blog anyone?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:21 pm
by NormanD
Yes, do, Adam. See if you can improve on your previous Gary Moore-related thoughts (least, I think it was you).

Here's something by Joe to get you started - as it were: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSQwj3s8Y4s

Re: Blues & related literature blog anyone?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:41 pm
by Adam Blake
Ewwwwww! That's perfectly horrid! Take it away! Make it stop!

(It's extraordinary how people will always find an adoring audience for very loud pentatonic blues scales played as fast as possible on Gibson Les Paul's through Marshall amplifiers. It's like a Pavlovian reflex. I think all the Eric Clapton bashers should be forced to watch things like this, and Gary Moore clips, and regain a little perspective!)

Re: Blues & related literature blog anyone?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:45 pm
by DavidM
Here's something by Joe to get you started - as it were: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSQwj3s8Y4s


I feel sorry for the conga player. What a gig. I hope he was well paid for his thankless performance.

(Maybe if Marshall made congas ...!)

Re: Blues & related literature blog anyone?

PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 9:28 pm
by Adam Blake
NormanD wrote:. See if you can improve on your previous Gary Moore-related thoughts (least, I think it was you).


Yeah, it was me. Mouthy little f***. Spurred on by this I found the relevant thread. It's seven years old. Sigh...

So, older and not much wiser, I'd condense it to saying that rock/metal guitarists often seem to think that blues playing is easy. They are mistaken. It isn't. They think it affords them credibility. They are mistaken. It doesn't. Untangling the threads of how they come to these erroneous conclusions is not something I particularly feel up to revisiting right now but I do chuckle when I think of what must go through the mind of a manager of a successful rock/metal guitarist when they say they "want to do a blues album"...

Alan: Please accept my apologies. I didn't mean to derail your thread with this crap. I blame that Norman. The resource you've linked to is so dense it just crashed my computer! Maybe the server is too busy but it does look extraordinary. Thanks for posting. The Real Blues Forum on Facebook that Norman recommends would feel very much like home for you, I suspect. All the usual pedantries, prejudices and wild enthusiasms - with most of the usual suspects on board!