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Willie Dixon: Preacher of the Blues
One of the greats of blues music, Willie Dixon was a recording artist whose abilities extended beyond that of bass player. A singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer, Dixon's work influenced countless artists across the music spectrum. In Willie Dixon: Preacher of the Blues, Mitsutoshi Inaba examines Dixon's career, from his earliest recordings with the Five Breezes ...more
Hardcover, 445 pages
Published September 16th 2011 by Scarecrow Press
(first published March 16th 2010)
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Errors abound in Inaba's otherwise serviceable book about Willie Dixon. He refers to Chicago's Michigan Avenue as "Michigan Street." He spells author Zora Neale Hurston's name wrong. He wrongly identifies West Side Soul as "West Side Blues." And these are the mistakes that jumped off the page at me--I doubt they are the only ones. Sadly, the world is still waiting for the definitive bio of this monumentally important American composer-producer-artist.
This is a pretty dry and academic work analyzing the works of Willie Dixon. If that sounds incredibly interesting, you'll probably enjoy the book. If you wonder how you actually go about applying literary criticism to Blues lyrics, your eyes will probably glaze over about page 20.