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Evans, Mike

Summary: Charts the history of the blues from its rural roots in the American South, focusing on the key musicians and singers who brought it recognition worldwide.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Sterling 2014

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.5 EVA

Rush, Bobby

Summary: "Experience music history with this memoir by one of the last of the genuine old school Blues and R&B legends, the Grammy-winning dynamic showman Bobby Rush"--

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hachette Books 2021

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Wyman, Bill.

Summary: A history of the Blues genre and its celebrated musicians discusses how African-Americans expressed poverty, injustice, faith, and love in their music as they journeyed from southern plantations to northern cities.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: DK Pub. 2001

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.643 WYM

Messenger, Bill.

Summary: Presents an overview of jazz, its elements, and its history. Includes performances by various jazz artists.

Format: sound recording-nonmusical

Publisher / Publication Date: Teaching Co. 1998

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Compact Disc Audio Book, Call number: CD 781.65 MES

Lauterbach, Preston.

Summary: A definitive account of the birth of rock 'n' roll in black America...The Chitlin' Circuit brings us into the sweaty back rooms where such stars as James Brown, B. B. King, and Little Richard got their start.--Amazon.com

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W.W. Norton 2011

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.66 LAU

Summary: Includes: A tribute to Delmark Records: a documentary profiling the independent spirit of Delmark Records and its owner Bob Koester ; Down by the riverside: A montage of video clips shot at Delmark recording sessions over the last five years ; 40th anniversary concert: Live blues performances ; 20th anniversary cartoon, illustrated by Tom Koester ; Sleep John Estes in Europe: Bob Koester's rare...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Delmark Records 2003

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC DEL

Guralnick, Peter

Summary: "Peter Guralnick's remarkable work... covers old ground from new perspectives, offering deeply felt, masterful, and strikingly personal portraits of creative artists, both musicians and writers, at the height of their powers. "You put the book down feeling that its sweep is vast, that you have read of giants who walked among us," rock critic Lester Bangs wrote of Guralnick's earlier work in...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown and Company 2020

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 780.92 GUR

Cone, James H.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Orbis Books 1991

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.6296 CON

Summary: Director Jon Brewer worked closely with the gregarious and charming musician and was given extraordinary access to his friends, family and colleagues. This is a no holds barred, powerful documentary that explores how an orphaned kid from Mississippi turned his life around, battled against all odds and against unrelenting racism to overcome even the toughest critics in the entertainment...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2014

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC BB

Gordon, Robert

Summary: Offers an authoritative biography of the father of modern blues, detailing his turbulent life, from the cotton fields of rural Mississippi to his extraordinary rise to success, forever changing the music industry.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Little, Brown 2002

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 WATERS, MUDDY GOR

Summary: Chuck D and Marshall Chess return to Chicago to explore the heyday of Chicago blues. They bring together artists from the past with musicians from today's music scene.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Columbia Music Video 2003

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC BLU V5

Baraka, Amiri

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: William Morrow 1999

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.643 JON

Charters, Samuel Barclay.

Contents: Beginnings -- The country blues -- The crazy blues -- Faces of the blues -- The St. Louis Blues -- The blues as poetry -- The blues' angry voice -- Chicago and the south side blues -- Roots, finally -- Origins: the Parchman women's blues -- The legacy of the blues -- Lightnin' again -- Zy-de-blues -- The new blues.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Marion Boyars 2004

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.643 CHA

Davis, Francis.

Summary: "The history of the blues is the companion volume to a three-part PBS series of the same name"

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Hyperion 1995

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.643 Dav

Williamson, Nigel.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Rough Guides 2007

Copies Available at Interlochen

1 available in Adult, Call number: 781.64 Williamson

Summary: Captures the tail end of the last great era of blues on Maxwell Street. Chicago's legendary Maxwell Street was home to an open-air market that thrived for decades. It was there that the Chicago blues was born as African American street musicians, who had fled the rural South for the city, played regularly on the dirty corners, empty lots, and broken sidewalks. Together, they hammered out a...

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Facets Multimedia 2011

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC MAX

Courrier, Kevin

Summary: In the spring of 1969, the inauspicious release of Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band's Trout Mask Replica, a double-album featuring 28 stream-of-consciousness songs filled with abstract rhythms and guttural bellows, dramatically altered the pop landscape. Yet even if the album did cast its radical vision over the future of music, much of the record's artistic strength is actually drawn from...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Continuum 2007

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 780.33 COU

Ferris, William

Summary: Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, folklorist William Ferris toured his home state of Mississippi, documenting the voices of African Americans as they spoke about and performed the diverse musical traditions that form the authentic roots of the blues. Now, Give My Poor Heart Ease puts a searing selection of the artistically and emotionally rich voices from this invaluable documentary record....

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: University of North Carolina Press 2009

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.643 FER

Summary: A look at the life and career of Boubacar Traoré, a Malian musician. Traoré (aka: Kar Kar) was a major radio star in 1960s Mali, but he never released official recordings of his work and hence faded into obscurity. He was "rediscovered" in the 1990s, largely due to the efforts of French & British fans.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: First Run Features 2003

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1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC I'L

Wald, Elijah.

Summary: Robert Johnson's story presents a fascinating paradox: Why did this genius of the Delta blues excite so little interest when his records were first released in the 1930s? And how did this brilliant but obscure musician come to be hailed long after his death as the most important artist in early blues and a founding father of rock 'n' roll? Elijah Wald provides the first thorough examination of...

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: Amistad 2004

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 921 JOHNSON, ROBERT WAL

Gioia, Ted.

Summary: The definitive account of how the rough sounds of the Mississippi Delta--from legendary greats Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, and others--changed the course of American popular music.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: W. W. Norton 2008

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1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.643 GIO

Summary: It takes the audience on a musical journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta and Moonshine soaked BBQs in the North Mississippi Hill Country. The film visits blues musicians rooted in the genre's heyday, many in their '80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin' Circuit.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: 2017

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC I

Whiteis, David.

Summary: Explores the history of blues music in Chicago.

Format: text

Publisher / Publication Date: University of Illinois Press 2006

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Adult Non-fiction, Call number: 781.643 WHI

Summary: Chronicles the history of soul label Stax Records in Memphis.

Format: moving image

Publisher / Publication Date: Concord Music Publishing 2007

Copies Available at Woodmere

1 available in Music DVDs, Call number: DVD MUSIC RES

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