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Like Abbeville's Country: The Music and the Musicians, Nothing but the Blues is an illustrated, comprehensive history of music and musicians, also covering promoters, producers and others who have shaped this powerful and enduringly popular American musical art form. A guide to the best discography is included at the back of the book which will appeal to blues fans and rec Like Abbeville's Country: The Music and the Musicians, Nothing but the Blues is an illustrated, comprehensive history of music and musicians, also covering promoters, producers and others who have shaped this powerful and enduringly popular American musical art form. A guide to the best discography is included at the back of the book which will appeal to blues fans and record collectors.


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Like Abbeville's Country: The Music and the Musicians, Nothing but the Blues is an illustrated, comprehensive history of music and musicians, also covering promoters, producers and others who have shaped this powerful and enduringly popular American musical art form. A guide to the best discography is included at the back of the book which will appeal to blues fans and rec Like Abbeville's Country: The Music and the Musicians, Nothing but the Blues is an illustrated, comprehensive history of music and musicians, also covering promoters, producers and others who have shaped this powerful and enduringly popular American musical art form. A guide to the best discography is included at the back of the book which will appeal to blues fans and record collectors.

30 review for Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brad McKenna

    This books traces the history of the blues from it's roots. It comes from African Tribal songs, field holler on the plantations, prison songs, and gospel music among many other influences. The Blues is a lifestyle, the troubles unique to blacks in the south needed an outlet. Blues was one of them. There was very little they could do to get out of their troubles, but they could sing. I love blues music but have trouble hearing some of the old stuff recorded by the likes of Alan Lomax for the Libr This books traces the history of the blues from it's roots. It comes from African Tribal songs, field holler on the plantations, prison songs, and gospel music among many other influences. The Blues is a lifestyle, the troubles unique to blacks in the south needed an outlet. Blues was one of them. There was very little they could do to get out of their troubles, but they could sing. I love blues music but have trouble hearing some of the old stuff recorded by the likes of Alan Lomax for the Library of Congress back in the 30s (a later recording trip took place in the 60s and that was a little better), so I've turned to reading about it. If you're as passionate about the blues as I am, this is a great book. Though, beware, each chapter is written by a different person and thus not all chapters are created equal. Most of them can also get a little heavy on the name dropping, it seems that they're just listing as many bluesmen (and women) as they can to fill up a paragraph. If you don't care about the blues, then why are you even reading this review?

  2. 4 out of 5

    David Ward

    Nothing But the Blues: The Music and The Musicians by Lawrence Cohn (Abbeville Press Publishers 1993) (781.643). I have been interested in the history of the blues since 1974. This book is a fantastic resource. It is an exhaustively compiled blues history. It seems like every blues musician who performed before 1970 is mentioned in this book somewhere and likely has his or her photo in there as well. Two thumbs up to author Lawrence Cohn for doing the heavy lifting required to pull this history Nothing But the Blues: The Music and The Musicians by Lawrence Cohn (Abbeville Press Publishers 1993) (781.643). I have been interested in the history of the blues since 1974. This book is a fantastic resource. It is an exhaustively compiled blues history. It seems like every blues musician who performed before 1970 is mentioned in this book somewhere and likely has his or her photo in there as well. Two thumbs up to author Lawrence Cohn for doing the heavy lifting required to pull this history together. My rating: 7.5/10, finished 2/10/17. I purchased a (PB) copy in fair condition from McKays on 1/10/17 for $6.00. PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

  3. 5 out of 5

    Austen

    Incredible trip through blues history. So much more to the blues than just the crossroads / deal with the devil of Robert Johnson legend. So much detail in this book, it's hard to cover it all, but he gives it a very good attempt from the beginnings of field hollerin' all the way through the 1960's blues renaissance, the effect/change of blues into R&B/rock, and the future of the blues. Basically, it's more of a textbook than anything else. If you're as much a fan of the blues as I am (good thin Incredible trip through blues history. So much more to the blues than just the crossroads / deal with the devil of Robert Johnson legend. So much detail in this book, it's hard to cover it all, but he gives it a very good attempt from the beginnings of field hollerin' all the way through the 1960's blues renaissance, the effect/change of blues into R&B/rock, and the future of the blues. Basically, it's more of a textbook than anything else. If you're as much a fan of the blues as I am (good thing I live in Memphis) then you will enjoy this. Looking for tales and lyrics and interviews, it's a great reference source. If you're looking for something more personal, might leave you a bit dry.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Matt Reese

    Worth the price for the pictures alone. It covers an amazing amount of material. I tend to be fascinated by the early Blues much more than the contemporary Blues. This book starts to lose my interest a little bit as it moves along the timeline. That's just me though.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Monica

    Any book with me in it HAS to be good!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jefferson

    An absolute must have...

  7. 4 out of 5

    MoMo

  8. 4 out of 5

    Antonio Zanon

  9. 4 out of 5

    James Mummey

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andy

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amelia Ramsthel

  12. 4 out of 5

    Peter

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael D.

  15. 4 out of 5

    QuoVadis Washington-Brown

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

  17. 4 out of 5

    Faith Barr

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Queen

  19. 5 out of 5

    Richard Brock

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dave Mire

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kim

  22. 4 out of 5

    David Sorin

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ray

  24. 4 out of 5

    Fabrice Ziolkowski

  25. 5 out of 5

    José Pérez

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cale

  27. 5 out of 5

    Branwynne

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Hanson

  29. 5 out of 5

    James Powell

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