The Guitar Players: One Instrument and Its Masters in American Music (Paperback)James Sallis (author)
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Sallis shows how folk music and a cross-fertilization of traditions and techniques resulted in blues, ragtime, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and country-western. He writes eloquently about fourteen transitional or pivotal performers: the Mississippi Sheiks; Lonnie Johnson, the first virtuoso blues guitarist; Eddie Lang, the first great jazz guitarist; Roy Smeck, the foremost popularizer of guitar playing; Charlie Christian, the founder of modern jazz guitar; Riley Puckett, the first great country-music guitarist; T-Bone Walker, "daddy of the blues"; George Barnes; Hank Garland; Wes Montgomery, the jazz innovator; Mike Bloomfield, the heavy-rock guitarist; Ry Cooder; Ralph Towner; and Lenny Breau.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 312 g
Dimensions: 203 x 133 x 17 mm
"As James Sallis demonstrates, our best guitarists are a breed apart-autodidactic, wildly inventive, obsessed. . . . Sallis has written a highly entertaining, anecdotal survey that says much about the glories of American know-how."-Gary Giddins, author of Riding on a Blue Note and Celebrating Bird: The Triumph of Charlie Parker -- Gary Giddins
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