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  posted on 10/2/2013 at 05:46 PM
Hi,
Has anyone here read, "The Land Where the Blues Began," by Alan Lomax? I'm just starting it, but love all the old stories about Chess, Muscle Shoals, Duane, etc... any other good blues books?
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  posted on 10/2/2013 at 05:47 PM
Any Blues movies, I loved "Cadillac Records" too
 

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  posted on 10/2/2013 at 06:44 PM
I enjoyed this one quite a bit:
http://www.amazon.com/Escaping-Delta-Johnson-Invention-ebook/dp/B003JBHW1W/ ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380757082&sr=1-3&keywords=r obert+johnson

and this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Cant-Be-Satisfied-Times-Waters/dp/0316164941/ref=sr_1 _1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380757131&sr=1-1&keywords=muddy+wat ers

and this one, which is really well researched and they debunk a lot of the mythology so you get a better picture of the reality of his life and how it mirrored most of the itinerant musicians of the era. In many ways, those stories are more interesting than the myths.

http://www.amazon.com/Robert-Johnson-Found-American-ebook/dp/B00962H060/ref =sr_1_27?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380757328&sr=1-27&keywords=ro bert+johnson

 

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  posted on 10/2/2013 at 07:56 PM
This is a very very good read, and an underrated book - I've given numerous copies as gifts and everyone loves it.

His autobiography - a snapshot of juke joints, life, love, music, booze, blues:

Honeyboy Edwards - The World Don't Owe Me Nothin'



http://www.amazon.com/World-Dont-Owe-Me-Nothing/dp/1556522754/ref=sr_1_1?s= books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380761596&sr=1-1&keywords=the+world+don% 27t+owe+me+nothin

 

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  posted on 10/3/2013 at 07:21 PM
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Hi,
Has anyone here read, "The Land Where the Blues Began," by Alan Lomax? I'm just starting it, but love all the old stories about Chess, Muscle Shoals, Duane, etc... any other good blues books?
C


I have it but never read it. Mine had a cd with it. Some great early blues..

 

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  posted on 10/3/2013 at 08:35 PM
aside from the couple mentioned above, these below are all great-

Moaning at Midnight - howlin wolf:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_13?url=search-alias%3Daps&fiel d-keywords=moaning+at+midnight&sprefix=moaning+at+mi%2Caps%2C407

Boogie Man - John Lee Hooker:

http://www.amazon.com/Boogie-Man-Adventures-American-Twentieth/dp/031226563 8/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1380850305&sr=8-5&keywords=boogie+man

Taj Mahal - autobiography of a bluesman:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-key words=autobiography+of+a+bluesman&sprefix=autobi%2Caps%2C221

and not necessarily the blues, but Peter Guralnick's 2 part biography of Elvis is outstanding, esp volume 1

 

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  posted on 10/4/2013 at 07:42 AM
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Honeyboy Edwards - The World Don't Owe Me Nothin'





Love that title......I think alot of people in society these days need to learn that.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2013 at 12:14 PM
I highly recommend reading Son House's biography (http://www.amazon.com/Preachin-Blues-Life-Times-House/dp/0195395573/ref=sr _1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1380906493&sr=1-1&keywords=son+hou se). He was the connection between Charly Patton, Robert Johnson and the modern era.

Apparently when Son saw Alan Lomax coming toward him at Newport, which was the first time he had seen him since his 1942 recording session, he apparently said "here comes that booger Lomax". Apparently Lomax's payment to Son and his fellow musicians after the 1941 session was one bottle of coke for the bunch of them. There seems to have been no payment for the 1942 session. This book also suggests that Lomax's book has many inaccuracies. Nonetheless, I just picked up a copy of Alan's book and can't wait to start reading it right after I finish Mississippi John Hurt's bio (which I also recommend highly).

 

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  posted on 10/4/2013 at 06:28 PM
Deep Blues by Robert Palmer

Chasin' That Devil Music by Gayle Dean Wardlow

Escaping the Delta by Elijah Wald


All great blues books, especially Deep Blues.

 

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  posted on 10/5/2013 at 08:05 AM
Here's a few documentary films I really like about the more recent artists and blues scene in Mississippi:

http://www.mformississippi.com/

http://www.wejukeupinhere.com/

http://www.fatpossum.com/products/you-see-me-laughin

 

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