The land where the blues began
by Lomax, Alan, 1915-2002.
|Format:||Print Book 1993|
|Availability:||Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy|
Set in an era as harsh and fertile as Delta silt,The Land Where the Blues Beganreveals how the river of African-American culture overtook its repressive banks--to give us R & B, soul, rock 'n' roll, and the only purely American art form, the blues. Alan Lomax takes us on an adventure into the "bad old days" of the post-slavery, Jim Crow Mississippi Delta--the birthplace of the blues--when railroads and levees were being built and cotton boomed at the expense of Southern working-class African Americans. Singing of their misery and their barely concealed rage, the Bluesman enlisted their African heritage to keep their souls alive and in the process created the first satirical song form in the English language. We meet Muddy Waters (the father of modern blues), learn how Robert Johnson met his end, and are introduced to Fred McDowell and Son House, who taught Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton how to play the blues.
-- Delta (Region)
-- History and criticism.
African Americans -- Mississippi -- Delta (Region) -- Music -- History and criticism.
African Americans -- Mississippi -- Delta (Region) -- Social life and customs.
Delta (Miss. : Region) -- Social life and customs.
|Publisher|| New York :Delta,1993
xv, 539 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Filmography: pages 519-522.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 509-514) and index.
Discography: pages 515-518.