New Blues Books added

Freitag, 29. Januar 2016

Dick Weissman - Talkin` Bout A Revolution - Music and Social Change in America


Talkin' 'Bout a Revolution is a comprehensive guide to the relationship between American music and politics. Music expert Dick Weissman opens with the dawn of American history, then moves to the book's key focus: 20th-century music songs by and about Native Americans, African-Americans, women, Spanish-speaking groups, and more. Unprecedented in its approach, the book offers a multidisciplinary discussion that is broad and diverse, and illuminates how social events impact music as well as how music impacts social events. Weissman delves deep, covering everything from current Native American music to "music of hate" racist and neo-Nazi music to the music of the Gulf wars, union songs, patriotic and antiwar songs, and beyond. A powerful tool for professors teaching classes about politics and music and a stimulating, accessible read for all kinds of appreciators, from casual music fans to social science lovers and devout music history buffs.

David A. Jasen - Beale Street and Other Classic Blues - 38 Works 1901-1921

This treasury of classic blues includes 38 songs and instrumental pieces from the first two decades of the twentieth century the era that witnessed the birth and initial popularity of the blues. Written by such masters as the legendary W. C. Handy, "Jelly Roll" Morton, and the prolific Luckeyth ("Lucky") Roberts, this bountiful collection includes: Beale Street, The St. Louis Blues, The Hesitating Blues, The Memphis Blues, Joe Turner Blues, The Jelly Roll Blues, The Down Home Blues, Railroad Blues, Crazy Blues, If You Don't Believe I Love You, The Farmyard Blues, I'm Crazy 'Bout Your Lovin', Long Gone, 99 Blues, and 24 other classics of the era.
Reproduced directly from rare sheet music (including the original covers), this collection will thrill both amateur and professional players and all lovers of the great popular music of yesteryear."

Sarah Bryan, April and Lance Ledbetter - NEVER A PAL LIKE MOTHER - Vintage Songs & Photographs O The One Who`s Always True

Description: 96 page hardback photo book with 2 CDs, Essay by Sarah Bryan; Foreword by Rosanne Cash, 65 sepia photographs
The CDs feature 40 vintage recordings from 1927-1956.
Publication Date: May 10, 2011

Compiled by April and Lance Ledbetter
“We can feel our American past here: how we lived, how hard we worked, how we were a nation of travelers and wanderers, how we held fast to our faith, how great our losses were, how quickly death came, and how often our mothers were the rock and the lighthouse, the home inside our hearts. These songs could never be written in the age of jet travel, therapy, delayed adolescence, the internet, nor could they survive current popular ideas of human psychology. They are pristine and deeply wrought sonic images, unfiltered through modern expectations, and are all the more refreshing and thrilling for being so. Those of us who treasure American roots music are listening to the very center of its essence in this anthology: a nearly century-old collection of songs about the most important person in the entire lexicon.” — Rosanne Cash, from the introduction to Never a Pal Like Mother

Samstag, 16. Januar 2016

Mike Leadbitter - Delta Country Blues

Derrick Stewart-Baxter - MA RAINEY and the classic blues singers

Ace Records 40th Anniversary - Book with 7-inch Vinyl 45 rpm

"A celebration of our 40years in business: 1975-2015 represented by seven vinyl singles in a luxury box/book.
40 years on and, as the song says, we got to get right back where we started from. That was and still is the 7-inch vinyl 45rpm single. This traditional “album” contains seven 45s that could never fully represent the Ace story so far, but they touch on numerous aspects of what we have been doing all this time. There are unissued versions, highlights from our career, lost gems and an error corrected, but all truly terrific music. A small jukebox worth of recordings spanning the 20 years from which the bulk of Ace releases have been drawn. It is hard to believe only 20 years separate Etta James’ release for Modern from Joe Strummer’s first recording made for our Chiswick label, which in turn is now nearly 40 years old.
After our dalliance with pop and rock, which lasted until the early 80s and wasn’t without its highpoints, we shifted our attention to recording London’s garage and psychobilly bands in the wake of licensing the Cramps’ catalogue. But the blues, its more active little brother rhythm & blues, even more active grandchild soul and wayward second cousin who got the funk have always been a major strand in what we do. We heard some of that rock’n’roll music, liked it and put a lot of it out, alongside its sweeter pop counterpart and teenage rebel nephew 60s psych and garage that contributed to the backbone of the past 40 years of releases.
During that time, we have danced to many different tunes in many different styles. We jived, we twisted, then we shimmied (and shaked), glided elegantly across the northern soul dancefloor, pogoed and all the time shook a tail feather. These days it is more likely to be a soft shoe shuffle but the enthusiasm hasn’t dimmed. The dedicated team of Ace staff, engineers and consultants are still turning out a regular flow of great-sounding, handsomely packaged, articulately annotated CDs, with the odd LP and 45 thrown in for good measure. You can even download a lot of it, but unfortunately without the pretty pictures and sweet words as yet.
They say the future is online and they may be right, but nothing can match that warm fuzzy feeling the whiff of wax brings." Roger Armstrong

Side 1

  • 01
    Confessin' The Blues (Take 11 with edit section from Take 5) - B.B. King
  • 02
    Tough Lover (Take 8) - Etta James

Side 2

  • 01
    One Cup Of Coffee And A Cigarette - Glen Glenn
  • 02
    You're Under Arrest - The Shirelles

Side 3

  • 01
    Not My Girl - The Platters
  • 02
    No Other Guy - Lou Johnson

Side 4

  • 01
    Try A Little Tenderness (Alt take) - Otis Redding
  • 02
    You Gotta Have Soul - James Carr

Side 5

  • 01
    Psychedelic Sally - Eddie Jefferson
  • 02
    Keep On Brother Keep On - Johnny King & The Fatback Band 

Side 6

  • 01
    I Got Mine - The Charlatans
  • 02
    Get The Picture - The Scot Richard Case

Side 7

  • 01
    Don't Cry For Me - Undubbed - The Zombies
  • 02
    Keys To Your Heart - The 101'ers

Mittwoch, 6. Januar 2016

Bo Lindström and Dan Vernhettes - Jazz Puzzles Vol.1 & Vol.2

Jazz Puzzles (Vol. 1) by Bo Lindström and Dan Vernhettes
Foreword by Bruce Raeburn 
Published by Jazz’Edit in a limited edition of 500 copies
240 pages English text, 300 illustrations, Format: 26 cm x 28,5 cm, offset quadri

"Everyone interested in the history of jazz music has long been puzzled by the mysteries surrounding its origins. Many facts especially concerning the lives of musicians, were not reliably documented, and we are left with countless questions: How did jazz emerge in Louisiana?...
What is its real chronology?...
What do we know of the creators - from names such as Buddy Bolden, Joe Oliver, Freddie Keppard, Sidney Bechet to lesser-known musicians who were just as involved - the McNeal brothers, Frankie Duson, Tig Chambers, Manuel Perez, Ernest Coycault, Chris Kelly, Buddy Petit, Evan Thomas, Lorenzo Tio, Arnold Métoyer, Kid Rena and many others?...
What was their ancestry and cultural backgrounds?...
Where did they play?...
“Jazz Puzzles” supplies many of the answers. In 14 thoroughly-researched biographies of early, influential musicians, the fuller picture starts to emerge. Through a diversity of personal lineages, lives and achievements, the shadowy figures of the musicians involved take on the mantle of real people and the history of early jazz in Louisiana begins to unfold. Illustrated with many rare and original photographs, maps and documents, including an original map of New Orleans showing sites with addresses of 124 places where musicians played and lived, a map of Chicago jazz venues, and complete discographies “Jazz Puzzles” is not only a history book and a jazz book, but a fascinating picture book that is hard to put down."

Jazz Puzzles, Volume 2 by Dan Vernhettes with Bo Lindström
Foreword by Greg Lambousy 
Published by Jazz'Edit in a limited edition
248 pages, English text, 302 illustrations!
Format: 26 cm x 28,5 cm, offset quadri 

"Jazz Puzzles, Volume 2, is the sequel to Jazz Puzzles, Volume 1 the ground-breaking study by DAN VERNHETTES with BO LINDSTRÖM. This new publication studies the varying aspects of riverboat jazz history. Between 1907 and the 1940s there was a continuous collaboration between New Orleans musicians and those from St. Louis, as well as other northern towns, who worked on the riverboats, especially, but not exclusively with the Streckfus lines on the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. Some musicians worked for many years on the steamers, staying entire seasons in St. Louis or New Orleans, eventually moving one place or the other to settle down and raise families. Others played only occasionally on the boats in New Orleans. Jazz Puzzles, Volume 2, adds new pieces to the overall jazz puzzle, exploring the importance of the waterways linking these riverside towns and their travelling jazz musicians by presenting the lives of eleven of these artists (the most complete studies on these subjects):

1. FATE MARABLE, the key player in riverboat jazz history, had always intended to write his life's story, but did not. The authors have searched newspapers, libraries and studied the interviews housed at the Hogan Jazz Archives to present his story. They have also added photos as well as descriptions of the various vessels on which he and others played during the heyday of riverboat jazz.
2. LOUIS ARMSTRONG's life has been explored many times, however, they have uncovered new facts about his ancestry, have developed a family tree which, in some cases, goes back to Africa, in order to present both sides in detail. They have also explored the multicultural background from which he came, the influences of his Italian and Jewish and musicians friends and extended family who had an impact on his early life and music.
3. DAVY JONES was an underrated and little-known musician who played with Clarence Williams, Willie Hightower, Zue Robertson and King Oliver. He taught so many musicians, including Louis Armstrong, but his story, until now, has been largely neglected. He was one of the musicians who imposed saxophone in jazz music.
4. CHARLIE CREATH, the St. Louis cornet king, was considered the equal of many New Orleans musicians. They have told his colorful story, giving a lot of details about his bands, his musicians, as well as his sister Marge, a talented performer and the wife of Zutty Singleton,a s well as his friend Jelly Roll Morton.
5. DEWEY JACKSON was another largely ignored member of the St. Louis music scene. They have explored, not only his work in St. Louis but his collaboration with both Creath and Marable on the Streckfus steamers.
6. SIDNEY DESVIGNES worked both on the river and in New Orleans. He was also a regular on the Island Queen, as well as the Streckfus boats.
7. ARMAND PIRON's whole story, from his beginnings, his collaoboration with Clarence Willilams, to his ten-year stay at Tranchina's in New Orleans, his trips to new York, his sojourns on the Streckfus boats, is explored here for the first time. They have included, as a sideline, the story of the Tranchinas, a New Orleans family of Sicilian origin, whose restaurants housed many a struggling jazz musician during the 1910s and 1920s.
8. PAPA CELESTIN and his band played on different steamers in and around New Orleans. They have shown how he, as well as… …
9. SAM MORGAN contributed in shaping the classic New Orleans style, and how both had a major influence on all the musicians who visited New Orleans during the 1920s.
10. EMMETT HARDY's short life has only, so far, been studied by Dr. Karl Koenig. Lindström and Vernhettes have researched his childhood, his family ancestry, the milieu in which he grew up on the West Bank in Algiers, and his brief stint on tour. They have examined his music as well as his connections with both New Orleans musicians as well as the legendary Bix Beiderbecke.
11. PETER BOCAGE, another Algiers musician, was also a key figure in the emergence of jazz. He collaborated with Louis Armstrong, Fate Marable, Papa Celestin, Armand Piron, etc., over the course of his long career. Dan Vernhettes' and Bo Lindstrom's new volume contains many beautiful photographs, some never published before, others scanned from the originals, as well as illustrations and maps to bring to life the times, the triumphs and struggles, of these jazz greats. Each chapter, with the exception of Hardy's, who never recorded, has a Discography and Comments page. An Index closes the book.

Even though Jazz Puzzles, Volume 2, is longer (248 pages!), the price will probably be the same as for Traveling Blues and Jazz Puzzles, Volume 1. We still have copies available of "Traveling Blues" and "Jazz Puzzles" Volume 1, and only 25 copies of "Big Boy". Superb gifts for Christmas!!!"

Jayme Stone - Jayme Stone's Lomax Project CD/Book

Jayme Stone's Lomax Project

"An acetate disc-cutter and cactus needle stylus. The rutted roads of eastern Kentucky and the Georgia Sea Island coastline. Kitchen din and street noise. Songs everyone has come to know— and the storied singers nearly everyone has forgotten.

These snapshots guided banjo innovator and musical instigator Jayme Stone and his collaborators—Grammy-winning songsmith Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage, Eli West and more—on a years’ long journey to research and recast nineteen carefully chosen songs collected by iconic American folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax. “I’m not a preservationist,” Stone emphasizes. “We’re here to renew this material.”

The material in question—sea shanties, cowboy ballads, oxdriving songs, Southern spirituals—helped shape the mid-century folk revival and more recent Americana. Stone and company have delved into the vast, worldwide trove of Lomax recordings and found a deeply emotional access to these tunes and songs on Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project.

The songs hail from sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, homemakers, prisoners and farmers: “extraordinary, everyday folks making homemade, handmade music,” Stone notes. Homemade does not mean quaint or precious, however. This is intense music, drawing on sometimes harsh, sometimes bittersweet experience.

From Appalachia to Trinidad, rural communities to juke joints, the musicians we have forgotten reverberate in Stone and company’s beautiful rendtions."

Samstag, 2. Januar 2016

Michael L.Abramson - Light On The South Side 033

"Between 1975 and '77, Chicago’s southside nightclubs were experiencing dark times. The after-hours routine may have been on the up, but the sound of urban blues was on its way down, getting funkier, heavier, picking up a Zeppelin echo from the British rock scene that had raided its larder. Thankfully, lightening came by way of a lanky white guy skulking from club to club with a camera and strobe light. Chicago photographer Michael Abramson hit Perv’s House, Pepper’s Hideout, The High Chaparral, The Patio Lounge, and The Showcase Lounge nightly, not to capture the artists on stage but instead popping off a half-dozen rolls every night exclusively on the seldom photographed crowd. Light: On The South Side gathers more than 100 beautiful black and white Abramson images, as Numero shines its own light on yet another dark corner of the musical past. The 132-page hardback book features not just these photos, but an extended and wildly colorful ephemera section, plus an essay by British novelist and Numero fan Nick Hornby. Housed in a gorgeous slipcase with the 12X12 monograph is the 2LP set Pepper’s Jukebox, a 17-track compilation of Chicago blues in transition, as heard from both the stage and the Wurlitzer. The deluxe 2LP set, featuring tracks by Little Mac Simmons, Arlean Brown, Bobby Rush, Lady Margo, Little Ed, and a dozen other modern blues artists, is packaged in a sharp gatefold jacket with two inner sleeves crammed with label scans and stories. All in all, it’s the classiest Numero record ever made, our first Grammy-nominated product, its 2" spine spotted easily from across any discerning record archive."

Freitag, 1. Januar 2016

Bill Greensmith - Henry Townsend A Blues Life

Paul Theroux - Tief im Süden (Deep in the South) - german Edition

The blog of Steve McCurry, the photographer who took all the pictures in this book.:

Judith Jacklin and Tino Insana - Blues Brothers PRIVATE

Blues Brothers: Private is a book published in 1980, designed to help flesh out the universe in which The Blues Brothers (the first film) took place. "Private" was written and designed by the late John Belushi's wife, Judith Jacklin and Tino Insana, a friend of John's from their days at The Second City.

The book consists of paperwork and clippings collected by Sister Mary Stigmata (the character played by Kathleen Freeman in the film) and stored in her personal files. The factoids provided in "Private" refer to fictitious events and fictionalized versions of real-life people (namely, the other band members). However, many real life and childhood photos of the actors and band members are used to illustrate the documents. 

All copies of the book came with a detachable poster that was a replica of the posters used to promote the band's gig at the Palace Hotel Ballroom in the film The Blues Brothers.