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Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  67 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Rock & roll, jazz, R&B, hip-hop: Without question, today's most popular sounds owe an incalculable debt to that uniquely American musical creation -- The Blues. But the powerful influence of the blues, with its dramatic, artful storytelling about the elemental experience of being alive, is found in the works of some of our most important literary voices as well.


Hardcover, 288 pages
Published September 16th 2003 by Amistad (first published September 1st 2003)
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Diann Blakely
RE the series:

PBS’ participation in this congressionally proclaimed “Year of the Blues” consists of a week’s worth of films by luminaries like Wim Wenders, Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese, who produced the entire project. Sunday night’s kickoff documentary, by Scorsese, is typical in that it succeeds when focused on the artists, in this case the old masters Son House, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker, in addition to contemporary performers like Willie King, Taj Mahal and the late Othar Turner
This companion book to the PBS series that aired in 2003 is a nice read even if you haven't watched the documentaries. I watched the series in 2003, but didn't pick up this book until ten years later. Luckily, my local library had the complete PBS series on DVD, so one by one, I checked each DVD out and read the correlating section in the book. This practice did open up the documentaries a little more.

The book begins with a brief overview of the history of the blues. If you have read other blues
Countless number of stories of famous and infamous blues musicians. Divided into sections based on the same subjects/directors who developed blues documentaries. the sections are introduced by the directors, and then contain stories from various writers and musicians.

If you have any interest in blues history, you would love this book.
This book was a really informative look at the history of blues music. I can't wait to get my hands on the DVDs to watch the 7 movies that were produced as a companion to this book.

Now I've got to go out and find some the hidden gems (Books and CDs) that the book highlights for further reading.
Michael Lawrence
Just cracked this open. Marty is my favorite Director of Cinema but is also quite the expert on American music. This is his take on the History and Impact of The Blues. Only thru a chapter but so far so good.
John Gilbert
Great starting point for the budding blues aficionado. Makes me want to get ahold of the DVD set. Pair this with the 3 disc MCA Blues Anthology and your on your way!
A great book for anyone that wants to learn more about blues music and musicians. While certainly not comprehensive, the stories were fun and interesting.
molly Matthews
More of a film summary than a history of the blues. A quick read with lots of great photographs. Although interesting, not overly compelling or detailed.
Chi Chi
Good overview/intro to the blues, pretty quick read.
Spectacular reference - by the great Peter Guralnick
Kevin Gallan
Oct 04, 2009 Kevin Gallan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: blues lovers
Shelves: music, history, own, tv-shows
i liked it alot
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Peter Guralnick is an American music critic, writer on music, and historian of US American popular music, who is also active as an author and screenwriter. He has been married for over 45 years to Alexandra. He has a son and daughter, Jacob and Nina.

Guralnick's first two books, Almost Grown (1964) and Mister Downchild (1967), were short story collections published by Larry Stark, whose small press
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