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Conversation with the Blues

Conversation with the Blues
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2nd Edition

Out of Print

  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2015
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521591812

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  • Compiled from transcriptions of interviews with blues artists made by Paul Oliver in 1960, Conversation with the Blues tells--in the artists' own words--of the significance of their music and the turbulent times and lives it reflects. Included are guitarists, pianists and other instrumentalists from the rural South and the urban North, from famous blues singers who recorded extensively to singers known only to their local communities. Copiously illustrated with Paul Oliver's photographs the book provides a rare glimpse--from cotton fields to the big-city--of African American music at a time when the South was still segregated. In a larger format to better display the pictures and with a new introduction by the author, this edition also contains a CD that captures the stark, ironic, but moving music and narratives of the singers themselves.

    • Unique text in blues history
    • Accompanying CD of the blues singers singing and talking, running parallel with text
    • Copiously illustrated with author's photographs of the singers in their home and work contexts
    • First published by Cassell & Co. in 1966, this is reissued in a larger, up-to-date format
    • There will be a £1.23 VAT charge on the CD in the UK. The CD and the book are not available separately
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...this book/CD will help students and general readers understand the story and background of the blues, what the blues meant to creators and performers, and how to 'read' and listen to blues. Recommended for undergraduate collections." F. Martin, Choice

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521591812
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 284 x 227 x 22 mm
    • weight: 1.085kg
    • contains: 80 b/w illus. 2 maps
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print May 2015
  • Table of Contents

    Conversation with the blues
    Notes on the recordings
    Notes on the speakers.

  • Author

    Paul Oliver, Oxford Brookes University

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