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Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey [Kindle Edition]

Peter Guralnick , Robert Santelli , Holly George-Warren
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Book Description

A companion to the groundbreaking PBS documentary series, this volume is a unique and timeless celebration of the blues, from writers and artists as esteemed and revered as the music that moved them.

Included in this stunning collection are

  • Essays by David Halberstam, Hilton Als, Suzan-Lori Parks, Elmore Leonard, Luc Sante, John Edgar Wideman, and many others
  • Timeless archival pieces by writers such as Stanley Booth, Paul Oliver, and Mack McCormick
  • Evocative color illustrations and rare vintage photography
  • Illuminating and in-depth conversations and portraits of musicians, ranging from Robert Johnson and Bessie Smith to John Lee Hooker and Eric Clapton
  • Lyrics of legendary blues compositions
  • Personal essays by the series directors Martin Scorsese, Charles Burnett, Richard Pearce, Wim Wenders, Marc Levin, Mike Figgis, and Clint Eastwood
  • Excerpts from literary masters James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, and William FaulknerTracing the art form's path from juke joints, house parties, and recording studios to musicians such as Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, and The Beatles, Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues proves, in the words of Willie Dixon, "The blues are the roots; every-thing else is the fruits."

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“A must for any real blues fan.” (Chicago Sun-Times)

“A literary sampler as vibrant and original as the films and music that inspired it.” (The Times (Shreveport, LA))

“Read the book … essential … for anyone who cares about American history, black culture and current music.” (Miami Herald)

“Brilliant.” (Toronto Star)

“Breaking new ground.” (Crain's New York Business)

“[One of the] ‘Twelve Books of Christmas’ ... the perfect gift for the music lover.” (Calgary Sun)

About the Author

Peter Guralnick is the author of numerous seminal works of music and popular culture, including Searching for Roberth Johnson and a two-volume biography of Elvis Presley. He lives in West Newbury, Massachusetts.

Robert Santelli is the Executive Director of the Experience Music Project and author/editor of The Big Book of the Blues and American Roots Music; he lives in Seattle.

Holly George-Warren is an award-winning writer and editor who has contributed to more than forty books about rock & roll. She is the author of Punk 365, Grateful Dead 365, and Public Cowboy No. 1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry, among other books. She cowrote The Road to Woodstock and is coeditor of The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll, Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey, and Farm Aid: A Song for America. Her writing has appeared in such publications as the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Mojo, and the Village Voice.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4323 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; Reprint edition (19 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YCOOX0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #103,969 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of blues thankfully little about the movies 18 Nov. 2010
By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I delayed buying this as it sounded like one of those spin off publications released to screw a few more quid out of those who'd bought the movies. It isn't. Instead its a collection of extracts and articles about a a wide variety of blues artists and blues history. Many of the former are taken from previous books and magazines but there is also
much new material. Usefully, for those of us with more blues books than we can remember, old and new are clearly identified in the text. The former entries, marked from the archives, feature many of the classic authors, Guralnick,
Oliver, Booth, Gordon etc. and should encourage newcomers to seek them out, and the rest of us to take them off the shelf. There is plenty to enjoy in the new contributions too.

While the book takes its structure from the movies the only references to them comes at the start of each chapter with a short, and usually informative, contribution from the director. Wenders is disarmingly honest and made me a bit more sympathetic to his film, Charles Burnett confirms my poor impression of his. (Since I read the book in parallel with re-watching the movies I've reviewed these separately under their own titles for those interested.)
Each subsequent chapter then groups relevant items around the subject matter, e.g. Delta, Chicago, piano players etc.
This is both entertaining and consistently informative, I wish the movies were all as good. There is a brief half hearted attempt at recommending cds at the end of each chapter which is idiosyncratic and at times downright misleading, however as an intelligent introduction to blues literature the book comes highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant blues bargain 26 Sept. 2010
overview of seven individual dvds covering a wide range of blues music and their origins, plus a social history of african americans, their music and culture.

shows where all modern music originated and the changes that took place from then to now.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 5 Mar. 2015
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really great book. Bought it as a companion to the DVD set. This gives you extra, different and move info. If you like the blues then give it a go.
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