Sweet Bitter Blues


  • Author : Phil Wiggins,Frank Matheis
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 2020-02-28
  • ISBN : 1496826957
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Sweet Bitter Blues: Washington, DC’s Homemade Blues depicts the life and times of harmonica player Phil Wiggins and the unique, vibrant music scene around him, as described by music journalist Frank Matheis. Featuring Wiggins’s story, but including information on many musicians, the volume presents an incomparable documentary of the African American blues scene in Washington, DC, from 1975 to the present. At its core, the DC-area acoustic “down home” blues scene was and is rooted in the African American community. A dedicated group of musicians saw it as their mission to carry on their respective Piedmont musical traditions: Mother Scott, Flora Molton, Chief Ellis, Archie Edwards, John Jackson, John Cephas, and foremost Phil Wiggins. Because of their love for the music and willingness to teach, these creators fostered a harmonious environment, mostly centered on Archie Edwards’s famous barbershop where Edwards opened his doors every Saturday afternoon for jam sessions. Sweet Bitter Blues features biographies and supporting essays based on Wiggins’s recollections and supplemented by Matheis’s research, along with a foreword by noted blues scholar Elijah Wald, historic interviews by Dr. Barry Lee Pearson with John Cephas and Archie Edwards, and previously unpublished and rare photographs. This is the story of an acoustic blues scene that was and is a living tradition.

Sweet Bitter Blues


  • Author : Phil Wiggins,Frank Matheis
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020
  • ISBN : 9781496826916
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

The first-ever account of the Washington, DC, blues scene

Sweet Bitter Blues


  • Author : Phil Wiggins,Frank Matheis
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2020
  • ISBN : 9781496826961
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

The first-ever account of the Washington, DC, blues scene

Sweet Bitter Blues


  • Author : Phil Wiggins,Frank Matheis
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 2020-02-28
  • ISBN : 1496826930
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Sweet Bitter Blues: Washington, DC’s Homemade Blues depicts the life and times of harmonica player Phil Wiggins and the unique, vibrant music scene around him, as described by music journalist Frank Matheis. Featuring Wiggins’s story, but including information on many musicians, the volume presents an incomparable documentary of the African American blues scene in Washington, DC, from 1975 to the present. At its core, the DC-area acoustic “down home” blues scene was and is rooted in the African American community. A dedicated group of musicians saw it as their mission to carry on their respective Piedmont musical traditions: Mother Scott, Flora Molton, Chief Ellis, Archie Edwards, John Jackson, John Cephas, and foremost Phil Wiggins. Because of their love for the music and willingness to teach, these creators fostered a harmonious environment, mostly centered on Archie Edwards’s famous barbershop where Edwards opened his doors every Saturday afternoon for jam sessions. Sweet Bitter Blues features biographies and supporting essays based on Wiggins’s recollections and supplemented by Matheis’s research, along with a foreword by noted blues scholar Elijah Wald, historic interviews by Dr. Barry Lee Pearson with John Cephas and Archie Edwards, and previously unpublished and rare photographs. This is the story of an acoustic blues scene that was and is a living tradition.

Sweet Silver Blues


  • Author : Glen Cook
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release : 2007-03-01
  • ISBN : 9780451450708
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Garrett, a human detective, tries to track down the heir to a fortune in silver in a world of gnomes, centaurs, and vampires

Jazz Diplomacy


  • Author : Lisa E. Davenport
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 2010-06-30
  • ISBN : 9781604733440
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Jazz as an instrument of global diplomacy transformed superpower relations in the Cold War era and reshaped democracy's image worldwide. Lisa E. Davenport tells the story of America's program of jazz diplomacy practiced in the Soviet Union and other regions of the world from 1954 to 1968. Jazz music and jazz musicians seemed an ideal card to play in diminishing the credibility and appeal of Soviet communism in the Eastern bloc and beyond. Government-funded musical junkets by such jazz masters as Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Goodman dramatically influenced perceptions of the U.S. and its capitalist brand of democracy while easing political tensions in the midst of critical Cold War crises. This book shows how, when coping with foreign questions about desegregation, the dispute over the Berlin Wall, the Cuban missile crisis, Vietnam, and the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, jazz players and their handlers wrestled with the inequalities of race and the emergence of class conflict while promoting America in a global context. And, as jazz musicians are wont to do, many of these ambassadors riffed off script when the opportunity arose. Jazz Diplomacy argues that this musical method of winning hearts and minds often transcended economic and strategic priorities. Even so, the goal of containing communism remained paramount, and it prevailed over America's policy of redefining relations with emerging new nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Piedmont Style Country Blues Guitar Basics


  • Author : Valerie Turner
  • Publisher :
  • Release : 2017-07-15
  • ISBN : 9780999067000
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Piedmont Style Country Blues Guitar Basics presents accessible guitar arrangements inspired by the repertoires of Country Blues artists like Mississippi John Hurt, John Cephas, Elizabeth Cotten, Mance Lipscomb, John Jackson, Blind Willie McTell, Lead Belly, Papa Charlie Jackson, Rev. Gary Davis, Furry Lewis, and Son House. With over 20 music arrangements aimed at the beginner and intermediate levels, the songs in this book span a variety of keys, tunings, and timings, and are represented using a combination of chord charts, tablature, standard music notation, and accompanying audio. Interesting photographs, lyrics, and anecdotes round out the book and add to its charm.

The Amazing Jimmi Mayes


  • Author : Jimmi Mayes,V. C. Speek
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 2013-11-27
  • ISBN : 1617039160
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Recounts the life and career of the blues drummer who has served as a sideman for legendary musicians Jimi Hendrix, the Shirelles, Jimmy Reed, and Little Walter Jacobs, and discusses his life after musical fame.

The Original Blues


  • Author : Lynn Abbott,Doug Seroff
  • Publisher : Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • Release : 2017-02-27
  • ISBN : 1496810031
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

Blues Book of the Year —Living Blues Association of Recorded Sound Collections Awards for Excellence Best Historical Research in Recorded Blues, Gospel, Soul, or R&B–Certificate of Merit (2018) With this volume, Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff complete their groundbreaking trilogy on the development of African American popular music. Fortified by decades of research, the authors bring to life the performers, entrepreneurs, critics, venues, and institutions that were most crucial to the emergence of the blues in black southern vaudeville theaters; the shadowy prehistory and early development of the blues is illuminated, detailed, and given substance. At the end of the nineteenth century, vaudeville began to replace minstrelsy as America’s favorite form of stage entertainment. Segregation necessitated the creation of discrete African American vaudeville theaters. When these venues first gained popularity, ragtime coon songs were the standard fare. Insular black southern theaters provided a safe haven, where coon songs underwent rehabilitation and blues songs suitable for the professional stage were formulated. The process was energized by dynamic interaction between the performers and their racially-exclusive audience. The first blues star of black vaudeville was Butler “String Beans” May, a blackface comedian from Montgomery, Alabama. Before his bizarre, senseless death in 1917, String Beans was recognized as the “blues master piano player of the world.” His musical legacy, elusive and previously unacknowledged, is preserved in the repertoire of country blues singer-guitarists and pianists of the race recording era. While male blues singers remained tethered to the role of blackface comedian, female “coon shouters” acquired a more dignified aura in the emergent persona of the “blues queen.” Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, and most of their contemporaries came through this portal; while others, such as forgotten blues heroine Ora Criswell and her protégé Trixie Smith, ingeniously reconfigured the blackface mask for their own subversive purposes. In 1921 black vaudeville activity was effectively nationalized by the Theater Owners Booking Association (T.O.B.A.). In collaboration with the emergent race record industry, T.O.B.A. theaters featured touring companies headed by blues queens with records to sell. By this time the blues had moved beyond the confines of entertainment for an exclusively black audience. Small-time black vaudeville became something it had never been before—a gateway to big-time white vaudeville circuits, burlesque wheels, and fancy metropolitan cabarets. While the 1920s was the most glamorous and remunerative period of vaudeville blues, the prior decade was arguably even more creative, having witnessed the emergence, popularization, and early development of the original blues on the African American vaudeville stage.

Beyond the Crossroads


  • Author : Adam Gussow
  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release : 2017-09-05
  • ISBN : 1469633671
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De

The devil is the most charismatic and important figure in the blues tradition. He's not just the music's namesake ("the devil's music"), but a shadowy presence who haunts an imagined Mississippi crossroads where, it is claimed, Delta bluesman Robert Johnson traded away his soul in exchange for extraordinary prowess on the guitar. Yet, as scholar and musician Adam Gussow argues, there is much more to the story of the devil and the blues than these cliched understandings. In this groundbreaking study, Gussow takes the full measure of the devil's presence. Working from original transcriptions of more than 125 recordings released during the past ninety years, Gussow explores the varied uses to which black southern blues people have put this trouble-sowing, love-wrecking, but also empowering figure. The book culminates with a bold reinterpretation of Johnson's music and a provocative investigation of the way in which the citizens of Clarksdale, Mississippi, managed to rebrand a commercial hub as "the crossroads" in 1999, claiming Johnson and the devil as their own.