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books on the blues

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by pallister, May 10, 2009.

  1. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I know there are at least a couple posters who are really into the blues (knee deep, as it were). Anyway, I'm looking to pick up a couple books on some of the old bluesmen. I'm especially interested in Willie Dixon and Blind Willie McTell. If anyone can offer some suggestions or point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.
  2. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    "Tales From The Bears Sideline"
    "Tales From The White Sox Dugout"
  3. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Get off my thread, Jack Blades!
  4. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    New biography of W.C. Handy is out ... http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/10/books/review/Hajdu-t.html?_r=1&ref=books
  5. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    (You Can Still) Threadjack in America
  6. Gravy Boat

    Gravy Boat Member

    RL's Dream by Walter Mosley

  7. three_bags_full

    three_bags_full Well-Known Member

  8. Magic In The Night

    Magic In The Night Active Member

    No books to offer but just wanted to say that when Bruce sang Willie Dixon's old 7th Son song at Greensboro, it was awesome. Check it out.

    Used to go hear the blues all the time up at Cory's in Cincinnati with Sweet Alice Hoskins.
  9. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Bump. Where's Dargan?
  10. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    I learned a lot from Robert Santelli's The Big Book of Blues, which has bios on almost everyone. I also liked Art Tipaldi's Children of the Blues, which profiles second-generation blues artists -- there's a photo on the cover of the late Luther Allison and his son Bernard. Luther was my favorite bluesman and I saw Bernard perform at Buddy Guy's in Chicago a few years after Luther died.

    I keep meaning to buy The Language of the Blues by Debra DeSalvo, which is a glossary of blues slang. She's a Columbia J-School grad and worked on Blues Revue magazine. I've never read her book/articles writing, but she's a rock guitarist and I enjoy her playing/songwriting.

  11. pallister

    pallister Guest

    I'll have to give The Big Book a look. In search of stuff on Blind Willie McTell, I came across "Hand Me My Travelin' Shoes" by Michael Gray on Amazon. The review made it sound worthwhile. I'm gonna have to pick it up.
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