The Blues Lyric Formula
By (author) Michael Taft
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Blues Lyric Formula by Michael Taft
Book DescriptionThis book is the first rigourous and detailed exploration of exactly how blues singers used formulas to create songs, and it more than amply fills the gap in the the study of the blues, where the structure and content of the lyrics have been less fully explored than the musical form. Focusing on the songs recorded by African-American singers for pre-World War Two commercial recording companies, this is an excellent structural analysis of the formulaic composistion of blues lyrics. This book gives a step-by-step description of the rules implicit in this formulaic structure and inspires new discussion of lyric structures. A wide array of readers will find this insightful and informative: from students of African-American music, cultural studies, history and linguistics, to Blues fans fascinated by exactly how the lyrics of this influential music style are written.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415974981
(234mm x 156mm x 26mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Mar-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Taft
Blues Lyric Formula, Paperback (March 2006)
Offers an exploration of how blues singers used formulas to create songs, and presents a study of the blues, where the structure and content of the lyrics have been less explored than the musical form. This book is useful for the students of African-American music, cultural studies, history and linguistics, and others interested in Blues.
Talkin to Myself, Hardback (September 2005)View all books by Michael Taft
Including over 2000 songs, transcribed from the original recordings, this work presents a compendium of blues lyrics. It covers artists including Kokomo Arnold, Blind Willie McTell, Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, Lead Belly, Son House, Skip James, Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and more.
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Author Biography - Michael Taft
Michael Taft is head of the Archive Folk Culture at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. He is the author of Talkin' to Myself: Blues Lyrics 1921-1940 (Routledge 2005).
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