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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable and entertaining guide to the blues., 22 May 2007
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Jazzrook (Purbrook , Hampshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Rough Guide to the Blues (Paperback)
This is an excellent introduction to the blues by enthusiast Nigel Williamson who has also written 'The Rough Guide to Bob Dylan'. The book is divided into two parts - a fascinating narrative history of the blues and an A-Z gazetteer profiling a 'broad church' of about 300 significant blues artists from Robert Johnson and Son House to Jimi Hendrix and Captain Beefheart. There are brief reviews of recommended CDs for each artist and interspersed throughout the book are various suggested playlists and features on important blues record labels. The final section of the book is a 'directory of blues resources' detailing books, websites, magazines and DVDs.

All in all this is an invaluable and entertaining guide to the blues.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crash course in the blues, 26 Jan 2008
This review is from: The Rough Guide to the Blues (Paperback)
With 1000 books on the market about the history of the blues the newcomer might wonder where to start.
This is as good a place as any and the Rough Guides will be available for longer as well as being updated
The book is in 3 sections: Part One details the historical background for nearly 70 pages,Part 2 is an A to Z and Part 3 is listings of essential CDs,books,magazines and websites
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the Blues - this is for you!, 9 Dec 2008
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D. G. Whiteley "davidwh" (York, UK) - See all my reviews
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This is a book you can dip into - lots of info about individual artists, brief but illuminating histories of the development of the Blues,and recommended recordings you can (mostly) still buy. Very readable, whether you are an established collector or a complete newbie. And it's sensible and unpretentious. None of the 'white men can't play the Blues' nonsense! If you have the slightest leaning towards the Blues, you won't regret buying this book.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe just the oversimplfied viewpoint, and not the full story!, 26 Jan 2013
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Mr. G. Fleming (Doncaster) - See all my reviews
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I haven't read this book yet, but as an almost lifelong blues fan, I am very tempted to buy it, regardless of how I suspect it most likely will get my back up!

I suspect it might turn out to be the typical cliché'd much expounded, over simplified view, that the blues came exclusively out of the Mississippi Delta.

I for one as a young man totally bought into this viewpoint, for many years.
But this is not strictly completely true, nor is it the full story!

What came out of the Delta is the very influential, easily reconisable, and very popular, dark, moody, percussive, delta blues style.

Which came to totally dominate, over shadow and influence all the white 60's blues guitar heroes, such as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Peter Green, Jeff Beck, Keith Richards, etc.etc.etc.

Which I freely admit to loving at the time, and still do to this day, along with modern day exponents like Joe Bonmassa.
Almost as much in their blues/rock kind of way, but not quite as much, as I do the originals!
Robert Johnson, Son House, Muddy Waters, Charlie Patton, etc.etc. etc.

But what about all the many other areas of the South?

What about Texas, or Atlanta, for instance?

To name just two, and the many wonderful blues artists that came from there?
Either at the same time or even before.

Artists like the "Father of the Texas Blues" Blind Lemon Jefferson, or Blind Boy Fuller,
Blind Willie McTell, Lightin' Hopkins, to name just a small few.

And that doesn't even scratch the surface!
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