the genre that
roll, pop and rock music.
first blues sheet music ever published? Unless you are a blues historian, you
probably didn’t, because this significant milestone passed by totally unreported
in the mainstream media, or it did in Britain, where this blog comes from.
of blues histories. But, really, don’t they just tell us what we already know? Many
even feed us wrong information, such as delta blues started with Charlie Patton,
which it didn’t, talented as Charlie was.
few years ago to research and write a magazine article exploring the untold story
of this irresistible music. Its publication would coincide with last year’s blues
centenary. During my quest, I came across hundreds of brilliant books, academic
papers and websites which explained fragments of blues’ mysterious evolution,
often in great depth. But I found nothing that put the jigsaw pieces together
to present the complete picture.
tell the untold story. But even after cutting the piece to shreds, it was still
over 5,000 words, which was way too long for publication. Yet, 5,000 words hardly
scratched the surface. There was no way blues’ interweaving and surprising
history could be condensed into one humble magazine article. So much
enthralling information would have to be cut out. Better to make use of all the
research I had collected and expand the story into a fully-blown e-book.
book would be if I included photographs. This task, too, is almost finished and
my illustrated history of the blues will be available in June 2013 on Amazon’s Kindle, well in time for the 100th
anniversary of the first recorded blues, which took place in 1914.
Evolved and Chapter 1,
Remorse For A Bad Life, explains where the term ‘blues’ came from and the evolution
of the word ‘blues’ in print.
America’s First Slaves, sheds light on how the music of Muslim slave traders
influenced the African captives on their way to America.
content of How Blues Evolved.
Check out the YouTube link on Chapter 40 to hear the exquisite Lonnie Johnson playing blues guitar in 1939.
Public Portrayal Of Slave Music.
Comedian Who Sparked The Blues
First Pop Star
First Syncopated Pop Song
Melody In A Remote Key
And Ragged Time
Nineteenth Century Hint Of The Blues To Come
Of Blues Guitar
That Dare Not Speak Its Name
Blues Water Shed
Yonder In New Orleans
Bluesman Who Taught Charlie Patton
And The Birth Of Boogie Guitar
Mouth Of A Ventriloquist’s Dummy
Of The Blues
Published Blues With Vocals
Recorded Blues With Vocals
African-American Recorded Blues
Diva Discovers The Blues Guitar
Improvised Blues Solo
Before The Trough
Of Electric Blues
Original Chicago Blues
Of Lonnie Johnson
Goes To War
Had A Baby.
leave me a message if you’d like to know exactly when the book is released.