The Rough Guide to the Blues Paperback – 22 Feb 2007
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About the Author
Author Nigel Williamson is a regular contributor to the magazines Uncut and Songlines, and is the author of The Rough Guide To Bob Dylan.
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All in all this is an invaluable and entertaining guide to the blues.
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
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.
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.