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All music guide to the blues : the definitive guide to the blues
Bogdanov, Vladimir, 1965-
Third edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Backbeat Books ; Berkeley, CA : Distributed to the book trade in the U.S. and Canada by Publishers Group West ; Milwaukee, WI : Distributed to the music trade in the U.S. and Canada by Hal Leonard, [2003]

Physical Description:
xii, 755 pages ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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ML156.4.B6 A55 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Grosvenor Room-Reference-Music

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Reviews and rates the best recordings of 8,900 blues artists in all styles.

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Library Journal Review

Audiophiles are made, not born; a record collection plump with dud recordings and bad purchases is the inevitable lot of the learned enthusiast. But for people tight on shelf space and wary of blowing their cash on unknown records in a gamble for good ones, there are resources to help. For fans of popular music, the premium references are Backbeat's All Music Guides. Now in its third edition, with reviews of 8900 recordings and profiles of 1200 artists, the All Music Guide to the Blues eclipses other blues resources, such as Robert Santelli's The Big Book of Blues, which lists only essential records and has smaller, sketchier bios. (For example, Santelli got Jonny Lang's birth city wrong.) The new All Music Guide continues the biographies, album ratings, and first-buy recommendations found in previous editions and in other, similar guides while adding new artists like Shannon Curfman and Susan Tedeschi. The guide's musical roots descriptions and maps are also useful. Recommended for all libraries and for people consistently let down by Best Buy's bargain racks. [This year marks the 100th birthday of the blues, and the Experience Music Project and Memphis's Blues Foundation are sponsoring numerous "Year of the Blues" events ( throughout the country this summer.-Ed.]-Eric Hahn, West Des Moines, IA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.