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Pioneers of the blues revival / Steve Cushing ; introduction by Barry Lee Pearson.

Author/Creator:
Cushing, Steve, author.
Publication:
Urbana, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, 2014.
Series:
Music in American life.
Music in American life
Format/Description:
Book
xxi, 367 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.
Subjects:
Blues musicians -- United States -- Interviews.
Blues musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Blues (Music).
Summary:
Steve Cushing, the award-winning host of the nationally syndicated public radio staple Blues before Sunrise, has spent over thirty years observing and participating in the Chicago blues scene. In Pioneers of the Blues Revival, he interviews many of the prominent white researchers and enthusiasts whose advocacy spearheaded the blues' crossover into the mainstream starting in the 1960s. Opinionated and territorial, the American, British, and French interviewees provide fascinating first-hand accounts of the era and movement. Experts including Paul Oliver, Gayle Dean Wardlow, Sam Charters, Ray Flerledge, Paul Oliver, Richard K. Spottswood, and Pete Whelan chronicle in their own words their obsessive early efforts at cataloging blues recordings and retrace lifetimes spent loving, finding, collecting, reissuing, and producing records. They and nearly a dozen others recount relationships with blues musicians, including the discoveries of prewar bluesmen Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, and Bukka White, and the reintroduction of these musicians and many others to new generations of listeners. The accounts describe fieldwork in the South, renew lively debates, and tell of rehearsals in Muddy Waters's basement and randomly finding Lightning Hopkins's guitar in a pawn shop. Blues scholar Barry Lee Pearson provides a critical and historical framework for the interviews in an introduction.
Contents:
Acknowledgments
Introduction by Barry Lee Pearson
Preface by Steve Cushing
Paul Oliver
Sam Charters
Pete Whelan
Dick Waterman
Gayle Dean Wardlow
Robert M. W. Dixon
Bob Koester
John Broven
Mike Rowe
Ray Flerlage
Jim O'Neal
Richard K. Spottswood
Jacques Demetre
Phil Spiro
Chris Barber
David Evans
Chris Strachwitz
List of interviews
Index.
Notes:
Includes index.
Contributor:
Pearson, Barry Lee, writer of introduction.
ISBN:
9780252038334
0252038339
OCLC:
861676380
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