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The Blues


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List of IllustrationsIntroduction: What is Blues?Section 1: A Short History of BluesChapter One: Roots of the Blues Chapter Two: Pre-War BluesChapter Three: Modern BluesSection Two: Blues in American CultureChapter Four: Blues and JazzChapter Five: Blues and Country MusicChapter Six: The Language and the Poetry of the BluesReferencesFurther readingIndex

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Elijah Wald is a musician who teaches blues history at UCLA. His books include How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll, Global Minstrels, and Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues.


"The most illuminating short treatment of the blues ever published."--Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal "Both thorough and illuminating. . . . It would be impossible to pack more critical wisdom-or common sense-into a smaller, shapelier package."--Wall Street Journal

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