The Roots of the Blues
An African Search
By (author) Samuel B. Charters
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Roots of the Blues by Samuel B. Charters
Book DescriptionI went to Africa to find the roots of the blues. So Samuel Charters begins the extraordinary story of his research. But what began as a study of how the blues was handed down from African slaves to musicians of today via the slave ships, became something much more complex. For in Africa Samuel Charters discovered a music which was not just a part of the past but a very vital living part of African culture. The Roots of the Blues not only reveals Charters's remarkable talent in discussing African folk music and its relationship with American blues; it demonstrates his power as a descriptive and narrative writer. Using extensive quotations of song lyrics and some remarkable photographs of the musicians, Charters has created a unique contribution to our understanding of both African and American cultures and their music.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780306804458
(210mm x 140mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Da Capo Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1991
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Samuel B. Charters
Trumpet Around the Corner, Hardback (March 2008)
Charters breaks new ground with his discussion of the earliest New Orleans recordings up to the present and the renewed concern over the city's musical heritage, which is at great risk after the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina's floodwaters.
Day is So Long and the Wages So Small, Paperback (September 2002)
A musical travel about the Bahamas in the 50s.
Legacy of the Blues, Paperback (March 1977)
Art and Lives of Twelve Great Bluesmen
Country Blues, Paperback (August 1975)» View all books by Samuel B. Charters
"From the field cries and work chants of Southern Negroes emerged a rich and vital music called the country blues, an intensely personal expression of the pains and pleasures of black life. This music-"
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Author Biography - Samuel B. Charters
Samuel Charters is a musicographer, novelist, poet, and producer of jazz and blues records who for many years has also been seriously interested in every aspect of black music. His book, The Country Blues, was the first to be published on the subject. He began making field recordings in the South in the early 1950s and has subsequently produced many recordings, both of individual blues artists and of the musical backgrounds of the blues in the United States and the Caribbean. He has since extended his research and recording to West Africa. His other books include Jazz: A History of the New York Scene, The Blues Makers, and The Roots of the Blues.
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