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Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians.

Blues Music] Cohn, Lawrence.

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ISBN 10: 1558592717 / ISBN 13: 9781558592711
Published by Abbeyville Press, New York, 1993
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A Fine tight copy in a Fine bright unclipped dust jacket. In this collection of eleven authoritative essays on the history of blues music and musicians, the authors trace this passionate American music form from its African roots up through its revival in the 1960s and its influence contemporary forms. Cohn traces the African American origins of Blues music, its early development as popular entertainment to its contemporary manifestations. 432 pages richly illustrated with vintage photographs and illustrations. Bookseller Inventory # 24354

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Title: Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the ...

Publisher: Abbeyville Press, New York

Publication Date: 1993

Edition: First Printing of the First US Edition

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Like Abbeville's "Country: The Music and the Musicians", "Nothing but the Blues" is an illustrated, comprehensive history of music and musicians, also covering promoters, producers and others who have shaped this powerful and enduringly popular American musical art form. A "guide to the best" discography is included at the back of the book which will appeal to blues fans and record collectors. Tracing its origins to slave-era work songs and "hollers", blues is more popular than it has ever been. Larry Cohn, principal author of "Nothing but the Blues", is the producer of a five-year CBS/Sony Music historical reissue of classic blues recordings. The first two-CD set in the series, featuring the music of blues "father" Robert Johnson, earned Cohn a Grammy. While country music commands a large but unfocused audience, the blues draws on a more concentrated and committed audience, many of them avid blues recording collectors, who subscribe to scores of blues-oriented publications. In 12 essays commissioned specially for the book, "Nothing but the Blues" traces the African American origins of the music, its early development as popular entertainment, its first recordings, its regional differentiation, its many stylistic dimensions, and its contemporary manifestations. County blues, urban blues, Cajun and Zydeco influences, the evolution of rhythm and blues, rock 'n' roll, and the blues revival are all fully covered.

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Blues historian Lawrence Cohn is the producer of a massive blues reissue project undertaken by Sony Music/Legacy Recordings. The premiere two-CD set in the series, featuring the music of blues giant Robert Johnson, not only earned Cohn a Grammy award, but has sold some half-million copies in the U.S. alone--an unprecedented number for a historical reissue.

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