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Goin' Back to Sweet Memphis: Conversations with the Blues (Paperback)
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Goin' Back to Sweet Memphis: Conversations with the Blues (Paperback)

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Paperback 312 Pages / Published: 31/03/2005
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Memphis, Tennessee, is a major crossroads for blues musicians, songs, and styles. This volume tells the story of the blues in Memphis through previously unpublished interviews with nine performers who helped create and sustain the music from the days before its commercial success through the early 1970s. The performers' backgrounds range across the blues genres, from classic blues (Lillie Mae Glover) to country blues (Bukka White), from jug band blues (Laura Dukes) to tough, postwar electric blues (Joe Willie Wilkins and Houston Stackhouse). Each interview is illustrated by noted printmaker George D. Davidson and introduced with a biographical sketch by Fred J. Hay. In addition, Hay's extensive notes identify many other blues performers - friends and music partners of the interviewees whose names come up in their many asides and allusions. Together these materials document and pay tribute to the remarkable richness of the Memphis blues scene.

Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 9780820327327
Number of pages: 312
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

An important work capturing first-hand the vitality and flavor of the Memphis blues scene. Hay's interviews are priceless. Goin' Back to Sweet Memphis is entertaining reading for blues enthusiasts as well as anyone interested in music, American culture, or history.

--Multicultural Review

The memories of these musicians, all of them dead now, evoke, if not the first generation of recorded blues, then certainly the second. They give us a real feel for the way such individuals spoke, which, not surprisingly, closely resembles the direction in which they sang.

--Canadian Bookseller

While this volume will add little to your factual understanding of the blues, they will allow you to better understand the environment and culture in which the music was developed. . . . As an anthropological study, this book is unreservedly recommended.

--JukeBlues

Documentary historian Fred Hay and artist George Davidson should find considerable attention among blues enthusiasts and historians of the U.S. South with the production of their second collaborative effort, Goin' Back to Sweet Memphis.

--Anna Creadick

Those among us who value the preservation and commemoration (two very different things that this book achieves) of blues music in Memphis and elsewhere are indebted to Hay and Davidson for their devotion to the music and musicians that we, too, love.

--H-Net

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