Delta Blues

Delta Blues : The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music

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The blues grew out of the plantations and prisons, the swampy marshes and fertile cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. With original research and keen insight, Ted Gioia - the author of a landmark study of West Coast jazz and the critically acclaimed "The History of Jazz" - brings to life the stirring music of the Delta, evoking the legendary figures who shaped its sound and ethos: Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King and others. Tracing the history of the Delta blues from the field hollers and plantation music of the nineteenth century to the exploits of modern-day musicians in the Delta tradition, "Delta Blues" tells the full story of this timeless and unforgettable music. No cultural force boasts such humble origins or such world-conquering reverberations. In this evocative rags-to-riches tale, Gioia shows how the sounds of the Delta altered the course of popular music.

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  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 152.4 x 233.68 x 38.1mm | 793.78g
  • WW Norton & Co
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • 0393062589
  • 9780393062588
  • 444,032

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About Ted Gioia

* An authority on jazz and blues, TED GIOIA is the founder and editor of He has recorded several CDs as a pianist and composer and is the author of five highly regarded books on jazz and roots music.

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