New Blues Books added

Sonntag, 31. Juli 2016

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup - A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw

"5-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 68-page hardcover book, 124 tracks. Total playing time approx. 6 hrs.
A Music Man Like Nobody Ever Saw – Elvis Presley
• The first box set devoted to this blues giant! • His complete recordings 1941-1962!
• Songs include the original versions of Rock Me Mamma, That’s All Right, My Baby Left Me, Mean Ol’ Frisco, So Glad You’re Mine, and many more!
• Newly researched biography by award-winning blues journalist Bill Dahl.
• Rare and exclusive photos!
In the world of music, there was never anyone quite like ARTHUR ‘BIG BOY’ CRUDUP. Rooted in the Mississippi Delta, his style was propulsive, melodic, original, and profoundly soulful. If he wasn’t ‘The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, as one LP proclaimed, there’s no doubt that rock ‘n’ roll owes a debt to his songs, including That’s All Right Mama, My Baby Left Me, Rock Me Mamma, So Glad You’re Mine, and Mean Ol’ Frisco Blues, as much as to his tight, swinging brand of rural blues.
Arthur Crudup was in his thirties when he made his first recordings in 1941 and recorded prolifically until his death in 1974. This set includes his complete recordings from 1941 until 1962, including every extant song from RCA and its associated labels, as well as his sides for Trumpet, Checker, Ace, and Fire. Over one hundred recordings in all.
An expressive singer and a true poet of the blues, Arthur Crudup certainly deserves to be known as the guy who wrote three songs that Elvis Presley recorded during the Fifties, but he was a towering musician in his own right. His influence didn’t end at Elvis Presley. In addition to all those that Elvis influenced, countless other blues and rock musicians adapted his songs and his sweet, lyrical style.
These 124 songs on 5 CDs are complemented by a 68-page book by Bill Dahl, rare photos, and a newly researched discography."
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Mittwoch, 27. Juli 2016

John Cohen - Walking In The Light

"Walking in the Light is John Cohen’s photographic journey towards and through gospel music. From 1954 to 1964 he photographed in the black churches of East New York, on the streets of New Haven, in the home of blind Reverend Gary Davis, as well as in the darkness of a boxing gym and the blackness of coal shovelers at an industrial site. Of all these images, those of worshippers at a small church in Harlem form the emotional centerpiece of Cohen’s journey, where music leads to spiritual release in trances and dances. The last destination of this odyssey is Johns Island, South Carolina, where Gullah children connect to African ancestors through games and play.
Cohen’s photographs of musical performances in religious settings reflect the inner sound expressed on the face of a singer, a soulful expression, the quality of light that illuminates the face of a child, or the intensity of a prayer. Sound, song and religious feeling are permanently rendered in black and white."

Andrea Davis Pinkney illustrated by Brian Pinkney - Boycott Blues How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation

This story begins with shoes.
This story is all for true.
This story walks. And walks. And walks.
To the blues.
With dogged feet. With dog-tired feet. With boycott feet. With boycott blues.Rosa Parks took a stand by keeping her seat on the bus. When she was arrested for it, her supporters protested by refusing to ride. Soon a community of thousands was coming together to help one another get where they needed to go. Some started taxis, some rode bikes, but they all walked and walked.
And, after 382 days of walking, they walked Jim Crow right out of town. . . .
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney present a poignant, blues-infused tribute to the men and women of the Montgomery bus boycott, who refused to give up until they got justice.

Freitag, 15. Juli 2016

Paul Merry - America`s Gift - The Untold Story of How Blues Envolved

Reverend Keith A. Gordon - Rollin` `N` Tumblin` - Bluers Music Reviews, The Reverend`s Archive Vol.2

Peter Guralnick - It Came From Memphis



For more than 20 years Birney Imes roamed the countryside of his native Mississippi photographing the people and places he encountered along the way. Working in both black and white and color, Imes’ photographs take viewers inside juke joints and dilapidated restaurants scattered across that landscape. There he introduces the viewer to, as one writer put it, “the characters and locales that linger in the margins of Southern memory and culture.” Imes’ photographs have been collected in three books: Juke Joint, Whispering Pines and Partial to Home, and have been exhibited in solo shows in the United States and Europe. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, La Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris and many public and private collections in the U.S. and abroad.

Rosa Parks and her Protest for Civil Rights 1 December 1955

Jennifer Ritterhouse - Growing Up Jim Crow - How Black and White Southern Children Learned Race

David J. Garrow - Bearing The Cross - Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Richard Wormser - The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow