The Devil's Music: A History of the Blues (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Devil's Music This text traces the rise and development of the blues both in the relation to other forms of black music and in the context of American social history as experienced by African Americans. It describes the texture of the life that made the blues possible and changing attitudes towards the music.
- Published: 22 March 1997
- Format: Paperback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780306807435 ISBN 10: 0306807432
- Sales rank: 109,535
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Superbly researched and vividly written, The Devil's Music is one of the only books to trace the rise and development of the blues both in relation to other forms of black music and in the context of American social history as experienced by African Americans. From its roots in the turn-of-the-century honky-tonks of New Orleans and the barrelhouses and plantations of the Mississippi Delta to modern legends such as John Lee Hooker and B. B. King, the blues comes alive here through accounts by the blues musicians themselves and those who knew them. Throughout this wide-ranging and fascinating book, Giles Oakley describes the texture of the life that made the blues possible, and the changing attitudes toward the music. The Devil's Music is a wholehearted and loving examination of one of America's most powerful traditions.