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Author Cushing, Steve, author.

Title Pioneers of the blues revival / Steve Cushing ; introduction by Barry Lee Pearson.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction    781.643 CUS 2018    Available
1 copy being processed for GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction.
Edition Expanded second edition.
Description xxi, 447 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 26 cm.
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Music in American life
Music in American life.
Note Includes index.
Contents Paul Oliver -- Sam Charters -- Pete Whelan -- Dick Waterman -- Gayle Dean Wardlow -- Robert M.W. Dixon -- Bob Koester -- John Broven -- Mike Rowe -- Ray Flerlage -- Jim O'Neal -- Richard K. Spottswood -- Jacques Demetre -- Phil Spiro -- Chris Barber -- David Evans -- Chris Strachwitz -- Paul Garon -- Mack McCormick.
Summary "Steve Cushing, the award-winning host of the nationally syndicated public radio staple Blues before Sunrise, has spent over thirty years observing and participating in the Chicago blues scene. In Pioneers of the Blues Revival, he interviews many of the prominent white researchers and enthusiasts whose advocacy spearheaded the blues' crossover into the mainstream starting in the 1960s. Opinionated and territorial, the American, British, and French interviewees provide fascinating first-hand accounts of the era and movement. Experts including Paul Oliver, Gayle Dean Wardlow, Sam Charters, Ray Flerledge, Paul Oliver, Richard K. Spottswood, and Pete Whelan chronicle in their own words their obsessive early efforts at cataloging blues recordings and retrace lifetimes spent loving, finding, collecting, reissuing, and producing records. They and nearly a dozen others recount relationships with blues musicians, including the discoveries of prewar bluesmen Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Skip James, and Bukka White, and the reintroduction of these musicians and many others to new generations of listeners. The accounts describe fieldwork in the South, renew lively debates, and tell of rehearsals in Muddy Waters's basement and randomly finding Lightning Hopkins's guitar in a pawn shop. Blues scholar Barry Lee Pearson provides a critical and historical framework for the interviews in an introduction."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Blues (Music) -- History and criticism.
Ethnomusicologists -- Interviews.
Sound recording executives and producers -- Interviews.
Musicologists -- Interviews.
Sound recordings -- Collectors and collecting -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Interviews.
Added Author Pearson, Barry Lee, writer of introduction.
ISBN 9780252083617 paperback ; alkaline paper
025208361X paperback ; alkaline paper

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