The Blues Line: Blues Lyrics from Leadbelly to Muddy Waters (Paperback)

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By Eric Sackheim (Editor), Jonathan Shahn (Illustrator)
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Transcribed from 78 rpm recordings and preserved here long after many of the records have disappeared, this collection of nearly three hundred songs from more than one hundred singers celebrates the diversity of feeling and form that defines the blues. Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, Leadbelly, Memphis Minnie, Robert Johnson, and Muddy Waters are represented with their lesser-known contemporaries -- Barefoot Bill, Barbecue Bob, Bumble Bee Slim, and Black Ivory King. This complete anthology also features lyrics by Blind Blake, Victoria Spivey, Blind Willie Johnson, "Funny Paper" Smith, Texas Alexander, Lightning Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Ma Yancey, King Solomon Hill, Skip James, Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Son House, Willie Brown, Mississippi John Hurt, Bukka White, Furry Lewis, Sleepy John Estes, Rev. Gary Davis, Roosevelt Sykes, Peetie Wheatstraw, Sonny Boy Williamson, Kokomo Arnold, Tampa Red, Howlin'Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and more than 100 others. Dozens of illustrations are included.

About the Author

As founder and publisher of Mushinsha, Eric Sackheim edited and published some thirty books including many Japanese classics in translation: The Doorless Door, Monkey’s Raincoat, Back Roads to Far Towns, and many others. Jonathan Shahn is represented by the O’Hara Gallery in New York City and lives and works in Roosevelt, N.J.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781560255673
ISBN-10: 1560255676
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication Date: December 23rd, 2003
Pages: 512
Language: English


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