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Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music

 
 
 
 
Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music
Author: Ted Gioia
ISBN 13: 9780393337501
ISBN 10: 393337502
Edition: 10.3.2009
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2009-11-02
Format: Paperback
Pages: 464
List Price: $18.95
 
 

“The essential history of this distinctly American genre.”—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The New York Times - Ben Ratliff

Much of this material has been covered in other books, though without so much synthesis and circumspection…Gioia uses original research, interviews with reliable sources and his own calm, argument-closing incantations to draw a line through a century of the Delta blues—a history that is probably more over than he cares to admit in his book's final pages. He has balanced the story of the music with that of its reception, and where the truth of either one is inaccessible, he says so. He's in favor of the blues retaining some mystery, but only highly informed mystery.