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The Blackwell guide to blues records
Oliver, Paul, 1927-
Publication Information:
Oxford, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Blackwell Reference, 1989.
Physical Description:
viii, 347 pages ; 23 cm
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Format :


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ML156.4.B6 B6 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
ML156.4.B6 B6 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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What are the essential records that should form the heart of any collection of blues? Where do the best records fit in the history of blues, and how do they relate to one another? If a collection has basic representative records in one style of blues, what are the best records to supplement and enrich that area of music?

In The Blackwell Guide to Blues Records twelve of the world's authorities answer these questions, and suggest the framework for a basic collection of recordings. Each covers a particular area of blues history and in addition to describing and recommending ten essential records, gives details of up to 30 more which would consolidate that area. The book covers topics as diverse as early songsters, Mississippi Valley blues, Texas blues, the classic women singers, piano blues, Rhythm and Blues, postwar Chicago, Louisiana, the West Coast, and Soul blues.

The majority of records discussed are currently available, but some rare or out-of-print items are included, owing to their crucial importance to a comprehensive collection.

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Library Journal Review

Designed primarily as a guide for collectors of blues recordings, this reference book contains 12 essays that trace the development of the blues. The writers--who have all written books or contributed extensively to blues publications--select ten ``essential'' recordings, which become the focus of the essays, and also offer a discography of 30 additional ``basic'' records. The essays are organized in a broad historical sequence, generally following the stylistic divisions used in The New Grove Gospel, Blues & Jazz . Agreeing that authentic blues is essentially an Afro-American tradition, the authors focus on the recordings of black musicians. The frequently recommended U.K. pressings may cause difficulty for some collectors, but the bibliography, index, and maps add to the publication's usefulness. An essential title for music libraries and any research library serving patrons with an interest in blues recordings.-- Tim LaBorie, St. Joseph's Univ. Lib., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.