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Blues: The British Connection [Paperback]

Bob Brunning , Sean Body

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27 Sep 2002
Former Fleetwood Mac member Bob Brunning’s classic account of the impact of Blues in Britain, from its beginnings as the underground music of 50s teenagers like Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Eric Clapton, to the explosion in the 60s, right through to the vibrant scene of the present day, is now in a welcome reprint.

Brunning’s book charts how London blues shows by US Bluesmen like Muddy Waters and Johnny Lee Hooker – then all but forgotten in their homeland - influenced a whole generation of British musicians from The Stones and The Animals to The Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds. The makers of this blues-based rock spawned the rock giants of the 1970s such as Fleetwood Mac and Led Zeppelin, who then, completing the circle, went on to dominate the US music scene for a decade.
Along the way, Brunning provides engaging portraits of all of the important British Blues acts, including Ten Years After, Dr Feelgood, Graham Bond and many others.
Includes 48 pages of classic photos

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"A likeable account of the fascinating r'n'n odyssey in Britain." -- NME

"An invaluable reference book and an engaging personal memoir." -- Charles Shaar Murray

Some marvellous stories and sound judgement. -- New Society

From the Author

Why did I write BTBC? Because I searched in vain for a long tiem for a book which catalogued what I thought was a fascinating story. I couldn't fine one, so after some deep sights decided I'd write it myself. And we HAVE had a credible history: think early Stones, Yardbirds, Pretty Things, John Mayall, Alexis Korner, Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown and many more. And amazingly, when these bands broke in the States, they re-ignited interest in their heroes like Muddy Waters, BB King, John Lee Hooker et al.
I enjoyed my own very minor role - I played bass in Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown, and have made about 40 albums since. I also run a couple of blues clubs (BBs) in South London. There's a double CD to go with the book on Bluesleav BL9320.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Important Book from One Who Was There 14 Dec 2003
By SF Sorrow - Published on Amazon.com
As the original bassist for Fleetwood Mac and a former member of Savoy Brown, Brunning was in a unique position to observe the British Blues Movement exploding around him. Indeed, his own Brunning-Hall band (and Two-off project, Tramp) brought together some of the UK's brightest blues talents. Brunning uses these experiences plus numerous personal interviews to craft an engaging and frequently amusing account of this important (and frequently neglected) art form. I've gone through a couple of editions of this book and read each chapter several times. I recommend without hesitation.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I Must Most Reluctantly Contend Otherwise... 8 Oct 2013
By Bryan D. Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
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Mr. Sorrow is gracious in his appreciation of the book. I will simply point out that I learned little or nothing about the artists that Mr Brunning has worked with that I was curious about. And the things he chose to focus on, particularly in his personal life, I have little interest in. Mr Brunning is very big on Telling us how wonderful this or that performance may have been while seldom giving us what made it wonderful. I also found it perplexing how little he had to say about his own playing. There is more than one way to play the bass. What were the artistic decisions that led to his style? I can't imagine how even the most avid completist in this genre would be as fascinated as Mr Sorrow seems to be. Mr Brunning is probably a smashing chap to sit for a cuppa with, but a compelling storyteller he is not.
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