9780060524272

Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues

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  • ISBN13:

    9780060524272

  • ISBN10:

    0060524278

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-18
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

The life of blues legend Robert Johnson becomes the centerpiece for this innovative look at what many consider to be America's deepest and most influential music genre. Pivotal are the questions surrounding why Johnson was ignored by the core black audience of his time yet now celebrated as the greatest figure in blues history.

Trying to separate myth from reality, biographer Elijah Wald studies the blues from the inside -- not only examining recordings but also the recollections of the musicians themselves, the African-American press, as well as examining original research. What emerges is a new appreciation for the blues and the movement of its artists from the shadows of the 1930s Mississippi Delta to the mainstream venues frequented by today's loyal blues fans.

Table of Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS xi
INTRODUCTION xiii
one THE WORLD THAT JOHNSON KNEW
1 WHAT IS BLUES?
3(11)
2 RACE RECORDS: BLUES QUEENS, CROONERS, STREET SINGERS, AND HOKUM
14(29)
3 WHAT THE RECORDS MISSED
43(27)
4 HOLLERS, MOANS, AND "DEEP BLUES"
70(13)
5 THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA: LIFE AND LISTENING
83(22)
two ROBERT JOHNSON
6 A LIFE REMEMBERED
105(51)
7 THE MUSIC
156
8 FIRST SESSIONS, PART ONE: GOING FOR SOME HITS
131(18)
9 FIRST SESSIONS, PART TWO: REACHING BACK
149(17)
10 SECOND SESSIONS: THE PROFESSIONAL
166(20)
11 THE LEGACY
186(7)
three THE BLUES ROLL ON
12 JUMP SHOUTERS, SMOOTH TRIOS, AND DOWN-HOME SOUL
193(27)
13 THE BLUES CULT: PRIMITIVE FOLK ART AND THE ROOTS OF ROCK
220(30)
14 FARTHER ON UP THE ROAD: WHEREFORE AND WHITHER THE BLUES
250(15)
AFTERTHOUGHT: SO WHAT ABOUT THE DEVIL? 265(12)
APPENDIX 277(4)
NOTES 281(36)
BIBLIOGRAPHY 317(6)
INDEX 323

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