- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: University of Illinois Press (15 Oct. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0252080173
- ISBN-13: 978-0252080173
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story (Music in American Life) Paperback – 15 Oct 2014
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"Wayne Everett Goins hasn't simply written a long-overdue biographical portrait of one of modern blues' most influential and gifted stylists; he's given us the context as well, with vivid, indelibly limned vignettes... It brings to life not just musical history, but the feel, flavor and emotional resonance of the times during which this history was lived."--Living Blues "Jimmy Rogers was the most under-appreciated of all the postwar Chicago blues pioneers--until now. Deep, heartfelt, and immaculately researched, Blues All Day Long sets the record straight. A major contribution to blues lore." --Jas Obrecht, former editor, Guitar Player magazine "A great read. I loved it. What a nice tribute to the great Jimmy Rogers." --Charlie Musselwhite "Great work. Long, long overdue."--Taj Mahal "For blues aficionados, Goins provides a wealth of information on one of the underacknowledged masters of the Chicago sound."--Kirkus
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Wayne Everett Goins is a professor of music and director of jazz at Kansas State University. He is author of Pat Metheny's Secret Story and co-author of Charlie Christian: Jazz Guitar's King of Swing. "Goins gleans fresh facts and vivid memories from dozens of lively interviews to capture the energy and struggles of the Chicago Blues scene, from Maxwell Street to the Chess Records studios... engrossing."--Booklist
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Where the book really adds to things is showing what happened to Jimmy after the Muddy period. The 60s when he was largely absent from the scene. His return in the late 60s that grew eventually into wider recognition by the time of his death. Fascinating information gathered from interviews with people who played with Jimmy in later years (Kim Wilson, Mark Hummel, Nick Moss and many, many others).
A real revelation to me is what happened to Bob Riedy who was everywhere on the Chicago scene in the early 70s and then just seemed to disappear. Riedy offers a lot of info on that period of the 70s that fills a gap and it is nice to know what finally happened with him. If you are curious about Jimmy's music, go see a Nick Moss show. Although he has expanded past that Chicago traditional sound, if you ask real nice, I'm sure he will still do you a couple numbers in the classic style. (Moss played briefly with Jimmy in the later years.)
Well researched book!
In “Blues,” we meet numerous other Blues musicians, and learn, among other things, the instruments they played (many of them played several), whom they played with, the names of their bands, where they played, what the life of the Chicago night-club musician was like, and how the race recording business operated.
Despite the amazing amount of information packed into each sentence, “Blues” is well written and easily readable. Its 316 page text is fully documented with endnotes, an extensive discography, an impressive list of people interviewed (91), a lengthy bibliography, and a comprehensive index. No wonder it took Goins seven years to research and write it.
Read “Blues All Day Long” for an understanding of Jimmy Rogers’ personality, life, and contribution to the Blues movement.