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Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar

PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 7:25 am
by Alan Balfour
Anybody interested in this? Due November

http://www.upress.umn.edu/book-division ... arly-blues

Here's some "blurb"

Since the early 1900s, blues and the guitar have traveled side by side. This book tells the story of their pairing from the first reported sightings of blues musicians, to the rise of nationally known stars, to the onset of the Great Depression, when blues recording virtually came to a halt.

Like the best music documentaries, Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar interweaves musical history, quotes from celebrated musicians (B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Ry Cooder, and Johnny Winter, to name a few) and a spellbinding array of life stories to illustrate the early days of blues guitar in rich and resounding detail. In these chapters, you’ll meet Sylvester Weaver, who recorded the world’s first guitar solos, and Paramount Records artists Papa Charlie Jackson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Blind Blake, the “King of Ragtime Blues Guitar.” Blind Willie McTell, the Southeast’s superlative twelve-string guitar player, and Blind Willie Johnson, street-corner evangelist of sublime gospel blues, also get their due, as do Lonnie Johnson, the era’s most influential blues guitarist; Mississippi John Hurt, with his gentle, guileless voice and syncopated fingerpicking style; and slide guitarist Tampa Red, “the Guitar Wizard.”

Drawing on a deep archive of documents, photographs, record company ads, complete discographies, and up-to-date findings of leading researchers, this is the most comprehensive and complete account ever written of the early stars of blues guitar—an essential chapter in the history of American music.

Re: Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar

PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 8:06 am
by Alan Balfour

Re: Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar

PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:03 am
by Adam Blake
Yes, Alan, I'm interested. I would be fascinated to know more about how Blind Willie Johnson got his style. He seems to have landed fully formed from another planet as one of the finest instrumentalists in the American 20th Century. But someone must have taught him.

Re: Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 10:00 am
by Alan Balfour
For what it's worth Guralnick on McTell.......

http://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/ ... -the-blues

Re: Early Blues: The First Stars of Blues Guitar

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:43 pm
by uiwangmike
Adam Blake wrote: I would be fascinated to know more about how Blind Willie Johnson got his style. He seems to have landed fully formed from another planet as one of the finest instrumentalists in the American 20th Century. But someone must have taught him.

I wonder if anyone knows. As far as I remember, even Michael Gray's generally exhaustive biography Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes doesn't have anything to say about that.