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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.
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on 18 March 2010
Having searched for the word combination "Delta Blues" on Amazon, is proof that you
are searching for the roots of the blues genre. And this is a real hit !

This book not only presents you with the names and places.
Facts, anecdotes, and in depth analysis of the society back then, gives you a real feeling
for the atmosphere in which this music was created. And feeling is what the blues is all about.

A book like this always stands the risk of being somewhat "dry reading", but Ted Gioia's narrative
style makes this book a pleasure to read. Each chapter of the book is centered on a known
performer, and can therefore be read on a "stand alone" basis.

Recommended reading if you are into this sort of thing.
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on 31 May 2014
A really absorbing entertaining and informative tome.The authors expert research and knowledge shines through. Like all great music books encourages you to seek out the original music and what a joy that is.Haven't enjoyed a music book as much since ian clayton bringing it all back home.
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on 3 June 2014
One of the best books that I have read about the origins of The Blues (Which I have always loved) Buy this book
and simply enjoy !!
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on 12 September 2014
Great service, great book.
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on 22 March 2015
Dissapointed
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