The Virgin Encyclopedia of the Blues

The Virgin Encyclopedia of the Blues

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The Virgin Encyclopaedia of the Blues is a complete handbook of information and opinion about the history of the most classically simple, enduring and inspiring genre in the history of popular music. All entries have been created from the massive database of The Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, which has swiftly and firmly established itself as the undisputed champion of contemporary music reference books. Brand new research ensures that the 1000 entries are bang up-to-date and cover everyone - the musicians, bands, songwriters, producers and record labels - who has made a significant impact on the development of the blues. It brings together pioneers like Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson, the influence of Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon on the blues boom of the 1960s, and the most recent blues resurgence featuring Keb'Mo, Larry Garner and Jonny Lang. As well as the giants of the blues, this encyclopaedia has the range and depth to include performers who flew the blues flag during fallow periods, the 1980s band Roomful of Blues for example, or acts like Paul Butterfield, Chicken Shack, Stevie Ray Vaughan, who took the music to a wider, whiter, audience. Some blues musicians, including John Lee Hooker and Taj Mahal, seem to last forever. Others simply defined the genre, like Lead Belly, Bessie Smith and Howlin' Wolf. Whomever you remember or want to know more about, each entry gives the essential elements - dates, career facts, discography and album ratings - as well as a sense of context, striking a balance between the extremes of the self-opinionated and the more

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  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 180.3 x 233.7 x 35.6mm | 884.52g
  • Ebury Publishing
  • Virgin Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0753502267
  • 9780753502266

About Colin Larkin

Colin Larkin is one of the world's leading popular-music historians and an incurable music obsessive. In 1989, unhappy that popular music had not been deemed worthy of serious documentation, he set about achieving his vision to creating the pop world's equivalent to Grove, the bible for classical and operatic music. His vast personal archive of music magazines, books and recorded music formed the basis of the original Encyclopedia of Popular Music. He lives surrounded by his garden, his music, his children and his sweetheart, somewhere in Suffolk, more

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Whether you're a long-term aficionado of the blues, or you're just starting to learn more about the music, this Virgin Encyclopedia is an essential companion. Here are all the facts and opinions you need on the artists who have been instrumental in creating the history of the blues, including the blues boom of the 1990s. The detailed information contained in this single volume has been distilled from The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, universally acclaimed as the world's leading source of reference on rock and pop history. Authoritative, accessible and enthusiastic, informed, infatuating, more