From the steamy cotton fields of Mississippi, to the mean
streets of Chicago and beyond, the history of the blues
mirrors that of African American society in the 20th century.
Respected music writer, historian, and record producer
Robert Palmer traces the history of the music that begat
every other form of American popular music in rich detail,
blending first-hand accounts, interviews, and historical
narrative into a seamless, eminently readable and enjoyable
historical work of great importance. This book should be
required reading for highschool history students, fans of
popular music, and anyone who enjoys engrossing and
entertaining non-fiction writing.