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The Story of the Blues [Paperback]

Paul Oliver
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26 Jun 1997
The influence of the blues in popular mainstream music is immense. This history places the inspiration of singers like Muddy Waters in the context of their lives and surroundings. Every facet of the blues is covered from the beginings to the impact of the recording industry and beyond.

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  • Paperback: 218 pages
  • Publisher: Pimlico; 2nd Revised edition edition (26 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0712674926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0712674928
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 15.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,007,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of the Blues 1 Aug 2001
Having only recently "discovered" the Blues, I was desperate to find reading material which would lay down a foundation with regards to it's history and background. Mr Oliver has managed to give me that, and more. He has shown that the music is a way of life, rather than just a form of entertainment, and has encapsulated in just 200 pages, almost 300 years of human living, it's high points as well as it's low, resulting in a volume which is a very enjoyable and thoroughly readable reference, to be consulted time and time again...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the first to explore the blues 11 Jun 2011
By Richard
The Paul Oliver book was written so long ago its out of date and unless this is an update it couldn't be recommended today when there's books like the Rough Guide to the Blues and the Bill Wyman book
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