Mike Evans presents an informative account of the blues - the common denominator that has driven and permeated the popular music of the last hundred years. As well as tracing the story of the blues through its various styles, he includes profiles of no fewer than 50 key artists - including fact files with biographical information, recording histories (and must have 'playlists') and more, for each - and feature the most important blues performers.
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Mike Evans, a London-based author with a background as a musician, began to write about music in the 1970s for such publications as "Sounds," "Creem," and "Melody Maker." He has since gone on to write the bestselling "Elvis: A Celebration" (DK Adult) and Sterling's own "Woodstock: Three Days That Shook the World." Born in Memphis, consulting editor Robert Gordon is one of the world's most highly respected blues historians. His books include "The King on the Road" (produced in cooperation with the Elvis Presley Estate at Graceland), the acclaimed biography "Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters" (Back Bay Books), and the classic study of Memphis music "It Came from Memphis" (Atria Books).Review :
“Thousands of books have been written about the blues. There have been many photographic essays over the years but there hasn’t been one as comprehensive and as attractively designed and produced as this one in a very long time. Newcomers to the music will benefit from the eight well-written and informative chapters covering the 'Roots of the Blues' up to 'The Blues Today.' Making this book really special are the layout and the more than 350 photographs (color and black and white), both large and small, that document the societal happenings of each of the periods discussed, the top performers, the album labels, the concert posters, and so on. The book and cover design by Paul Palmer-Edwards, of Grade Design, London, gets high marks indeed. Author Evans (a musician) has been writing about music for over 40 years (Elvis: A Celebration; Woodstock: Three Days That Shook the World) and has done an admirable job of analyzing such a long and varied history in an entertaining yet educational way. Thus, this title is that rare combination, a sumptuous coffee-table book that is worth reading as well. VERDICT Highly recommended for all blues collections.” — Library Journal (Starred Review)
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