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A must read for blues enthusiasts
on 19 August 2009
A really superb book if you want to anything about blues and where it originated. Ted Gioia has pulled together a vast amount of research information, from various sources, to produce a book that flows and follows the blues from their origins up to today. The cameo chapters on the all time greats (Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, B.B. King, Mississippi John Hurt) in themselves are enlightening as to the characters. However, what Gioia has cleverly achieved in the book is to bring in peripheral and important information on numerous others involved with development of the blues (artists, agents, record producers, etc). A vast number of the peripheral artists did not have the media exposure of the greats but, according to Gioia, they are equally as important to what we know as blues music today. A great read and one I thoroughly recommend.