New Blues Books added

Freitag, 19. Mai 2017

Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, Elijah Wald - American Epic - The First Time America Heard Itself

"The companion book to the groundbreaking PBS and BBC documentary series celebrating the pioneers and artists of American roots music—blues, gospel, folk, Cajun, Appalachian, Hawaiian, Native American—without which there would be no jazz, rock, country R&B, or hip hop today.

Jack White, T. Bone Burnett, and Robert Redford have teamed up to executive produce American Epic, a historical music project exploring the pivotal recording journeys of the early twentieth century, which for the first time captured the breadth of American music and made it available to the world. It was, in a very real way, the first time America truly heard herself.

In the 1920s and 1930s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent—farmers, laborers, and ethnic minorities playing styles that blended the intertwining strands of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. These recordings form the bedrock for modern music as we know it, but during the Depression many record companies went out of business and more than ninety percent of the fragile 78 rpm discs were destroyed. Fortunately, thanks to the continuing efforts of cultural detectives and record devotees, the stories of America’s earliest musicians can finally be told.

Bernard MacMahon and Allison McGourty, who directed and produced the documentary with American musician Duke Erikson, spent years traveling around the US in search of recollections of those musical pioneers. Their fascinating account, written with the assistance of prize-winning author Elijah Wald, continues the journey of the series and features additional stories, never-before-seen photographs, and unearthed artwork. It also contains contributions from many of the musicians who participated including Taj Mahal, Nas, Willie Nelson, and Steve Martin, plus a behind-the-scenes look at the incredible journey across America.

American Epic is an extraordinary testament to our country’s musical roots, the transformation of our culture, and the artists who gave us modern popular music." ( )


"AMERICAN EPIC: The Collection gathers 100 of these original recordings from the 1920s and 1930s in one five-disc set, restored to unprecedented levels of sonic fidelity. For these releases, compiled by Director Bernard MacMahon, engineer Nicholas Bergh refined a transfer process using a mix of both modern and vintage equipment in order to extract the remarkable resolution from the records that is often missed. This ‘reverse engineering’ approach to the transfer process enabled the restoration team of Grammy Award-winning engineer Peter HendersonDuke Erikson and Joel Tefteller to get the resulting audio closer to the original performance than ever before.
This is not “remastering,” in the normal sense, but something closer to fine art restoration. The intent is not for people to marvel at the antiquity of these discs, but rather to experience them as vital, immediate performances that speak to us as directly as they did on the day they were recorded—not simply great art for their time, but great art for all times. It includes a 100-page book filled with stunning unpublished photographs, quotes from the artists, their friends and families, lyrics for every song, essays and recording notes. Among the artists included are Mississippi John Hurt, The Carter Family, Charley Patton, Jimmie Rodgers, Lydia Mendoza, Nelstone’s Hawaiians, Big Chief Henry’s String Band, Robert Johnson and many others." ( )

Emily D. Edwards - BARS, BLUES AND BOOZE Stories from the Drink House

Samstag, 6. Mai 2017

The Frog Blues & Jazz Annual No.5 - The Musicians, the Records & The Music of the 78 era

This collector's edition is a new and important book for all lovers of Blues & Jazz music from the era of the 78 record. Containing original research & articles by renowned writers.
The long awaited bigger (heavier) and better, fifth volume of The Frog Blues & Jazz Annual features over 200 pages of new research, long-lost interviews and fascinating articles by Bruce Bastin, Paul Swinton, Bob Eagle, Brian Goggin, David Evans, Chris Hillman, Michael Hortig and many others.

As well as our regular features, subjects contained inside this exceptional tome include: ‘The Great Field Recordings 1923-27’, All About McKinneySon HouseOscar WoodsTony Jackson, Harry Charles, 'From Kokomo - The Eleven Light City'Scrapper BlackwellLee CollinsEarl McDonald , 'Gone But Not Forgotten', and so much more.

There are over 350 beautifully reproduced photographs, vintage advertising and other illustrations – most have not been seen since the age of the 78 rpm. And not forgetting Derek Stears' American Roots Artwork pages - to complete a feast of eye and mind candy.

A complimentary 26 track CD comes with each annual and contains some of the greatest and rarest Blues, Jazz & Cajun! recordings ever made. So you can now lay your hands on a copy of this prestigious publication now.
More details to follow

Sonntag, 2. April 2017

Michael Murphy - HEAR DAT New Orleans A Guide to the Rich musical Heritage & Lively Current Scene

Dunstan Prial - THE PRODUCER - John Hammond and the Soul of American Music

Jeroen de Valk - Chet Baker

David Dicaire - More Blues Singers

Luc & Marc Borms - A PEOPLE - Reflections on the Deep South

William Eggleston - STRANDED IN CANTON

"William Eggleston's pioneering video work "Stranded In Canton" has been restored and reformed by Mr. Eggleston in collaboration with film-maker Robert Gordon and is finally available, almost thirty-five years later.

The book from Twin Palms Publishers contains forty frame enlargements from the digital re-master, a brief appreciation from filmmaker Gus Van Sant, and a DVD of the 77-minute film itself, along with more than thirty minutes of bonus footage and an interview with Mr. Eggleston and Mr. Gordon conducted at the Toronto Film Festival.

Shot in 1974 with a Sony Porta-Pak, the crazily careering Stranded in Canton documents a cast of hard-drinking Southerners with the intimacy, ease and instability of a seasoned participants. Whiffs of Southern Gothic are not new to Mr. Eggleston's work, but here they rise to the surface--fierce, tragic and proud." -- The New York Times"