Blues Legacy

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Chicago blues musicians parlayed a genius for innovation and emotional honesty into a music revered around the world. As the blues evolves, it continues to provide a soundtrack to, and a dynamic commentary on, the African American experience: the legacy of slavery; historic promises and betrayals; opportunity and disenfranchisement; the ongoing struggle for freedom. Through it all, the blues remains steeped in survivorship and triumph, a music that dares to stare down life in all its injustice and iniquity and still laugh--and dance--in its face. David Whiteis delves into how the current and upcoming Chicago blues generations carry on this legacy. Drawing on in-person interviews, Whiteis places the artists within the ongoing social and cultural reality their work reflects and helps create. Beginning with James Cotton, Eddie Shaw, and other bequeathers, he moves through an all-star council of elders like Otis Rush and Buddy Guy and on to inheritors and today's heirs apparent like Ronnie Baker Brooks, Shemekia Copeland, and Nellie "Tiger" Travis.Insightful and wide-ranging, Blues Legacy reveals a constantly adapting art form that, whatever the challenges, maintains its links to a rich musical past. show more

Book details

EAN

9780252084706

Classifications

Blues
Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups
Biography=> arts & entertainment
Collected biographies

Format

Paperback / softback

Number of pages

336 pages

Weight(g)

582g

Dimensions(mm)

427 x 235 x 19

Publication date

2019-09-17

Publisher

University of Illinois Press

Readership

Professional & Vocational

Series

Music in American Life

Series Editor

Imprint

-

Publication City/Country

United States

Language

English

EAN 9780252084706
Classification Blues
Individual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups
Biography=> arts & entertainment
Collected biographies
Format Paperback / softback
Number of pages 336 pages
Weight(g) 582g
Dimensions(mm) 427 x 235 x 19
Publication date 2019-09-17
Publisher University of Illinois Press
Readership Professional & Vocational
Series Music in American Life
Series Editor
Imprint -
Publication City/Country United States
Language: English

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