This study of the blues by one of America's premier essayists and novelists will change old attitudes about a tradition that continues to feed the very heart of popular music-a blues that dances, shakes, shimmies, and exchanges bad news for stomping, rollicking, pulse-quickening good times.
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"Murray is possessed of the poet's language, the novelist's sensibility, the essayist's clarity, the jazzman's imagination, the gospel singer's depth of feeling."--The New Yorker
"Insightful musical judgments, soulful social history, amusing anecdotes, and the most elegant prose this side of Ralph Ellison."--Village Voice
"A flamboyant, insightful examination and evocation of the sources, styles, and mythologies of blues music."--Newsweek
"One fine lyrical history of the music. Murray demonstrates the central role of blues/jazz in American culture, telling us about the nature of our past, present and future: which of course is exactly what the blues is."--San Francisco Review of Books
"Beautifully illustrated with vivid period photos, LP covers, and broadsides of black jazz icons, Stomping the Blues represents the zenith of Murray's writing on the subject."--Rolling StoneAbout the Author:
Albert Murray was born in Alabama in 1916. A cultural critic, biographer, essayist, and novelist, he has taught at several colleges, including Colgate and Barnard, and his works include "The Omni-Americans, South to a Very Old Place"(nominated for a National Book Award), "The Hero and the Blues, " and "Trading Twelve: The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison and Albert Murray." He has also won the ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for "Stomping the Blues."
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Book Description McGraw-Hill. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0070440743 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0024258
Book Description McGraw-Hill, 1976. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110070440743