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Listen To The Blues

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This text provides an account of the making of America's fundamental music and the men and women who created it on riverboats, in whorehouses, at country dances, and in medicine shows. With guitars and the melancholic power of their voices these musicians developed a form of music, explaining its origins and evolution, the conflicts among blues scholars, and the hardship a ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published August 21st 1995 by Da Capo Press (first published 1973)
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Peter Metcalfe
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This is the most comprehensive and well researched book on the history of the Blues that I have read and a most needed edition on the history of a much loved musical form.
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I give the author 5 stars for effort. He didn't just sit back listen to some early records, tapes and disks of the more prominent pioneers of blues, he tracked them down and interviewed them, read reviews and biographies and asked other bluesmen and women about them. Not only that he wrote about the foundation of blues and the influences of jazz, gospel, soul, country, western, bluegrass and rock. It is at once a concise, thorough and enjoyable read with a bonus of suggestions here and there for ...more
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Bruce Alexander Cook was an American journalist and author who also wrote under the pseudonym Bruce Alexander. He wrote historical fiction and nonfiction.

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Cook's first book was a nonfiction work, The Beat Generation, published in 1971. His first novel was Chicago-based Sex Life, in 1978.

He wrote four novels feat

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