9780385312851

The Land Where Blues Began

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  • ISBN13:

    9780385312851

  • ISBN10:

    0385312857

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 1995-01-01
  • Publisher: Delta

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Summary

Set in an era as harsh and fertile as Delta silt,The Land Where the Blues Beganreveals how the river of African-American culture overtook its repressive banks--to give us R & B, soul, rock 'n' roll, and the only purely American art form, the blues. Alan Lomax takes us on an adventure into the "bad old days" of the post-slavery, Jim Crow Mississippi Delta--the birthplace of the blues--when railroads and levees were being built and cotton boomed at the expense of Southern working-class African Americans. Singing of their misery and their barely concealed rage, the Bluesman enlisted their African heritage to keep their souls alive and in the process created the first satirical song form in the English language. We meet Muddy Waters (the father of modern blues), learn how Robert Johnson met his end, and are introduced to Fred McDowell and Son House, who taught Mick Jagger and Eric Clapton how to play the blues.

Table of Contents

Preface xiii
Chapter 1 My Heart Struck Sorrow
3(61)
Chapter 2 There Is a Hell
64(57)
Chapter 3 The Ugliest and the Fastest Man
121(21)
Chapter 4 Lonesome Whistles
142(70)
Chapter 5 The Levee
212(44)
Chapter 6 Rise Up, Dead Man
256(58)
Chapter 7 The Hills
314(44)
Chapter 8 Bluesmen
358(65)
Chapter 9 Big Bill of the Blues
423(36)
Chapter 10 Blues in the Mississippi Night
459(22)
Acknowledgments 481(2)
Song Appendix 483(10)
Notes 493(16)
A Brief Book List 509(6)
A Brief Discography 515(4)
A Brief Filmography 519(4)
Index 523(11)
Song Titles and First Lines 534

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