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Roots and Blues by Arnold Adoff
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Sep 13, 2011

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Read in September, 2011

This seemed to be a history of blues music, from its beginnings in African traditional songs to today, told through a series of poems. However, it didn't work for me, and I wish a chronology or timeline had been provided at the end of the book, to put the historical periods and people mentioned into perspective. Yet I can't deny that Adoff's catchy rhythms got to me, and made me wish that a CD of him reading this verse had been included. Christie's illustrations were appropriate, but I just don't care for his style. I think this book would work best if readers already had some idea of the history of the blues.

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