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Author Cushing, Steve, author.

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

Published Urbana, Illinois : University of Illinois Press, 2014.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (xxi, 367 pages) : illustrations.
Series Music in American life
Music in American life.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Notes Includes index.
Contents Acknowledgments -- Introduction by Barry Lee Pearson -- Preface by Steve Cushing -- 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 -- List of interviews -- Index.
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.
Other author Pearson, Barry Lee, writer of introduction.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Blues musicians -- United States -- Interviews.
Blues musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Blues (Music) -- United States.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780252096204 (electronic bk.)
0252096207 (electronic bk.)
130685735X (electronic bk.)
9781306857352 (electronic bk.)