Literary Question

Ricky Stevens
Sun Nov 7 15:51:12 EST 2004

"The Land Where the Blues Began" and "Deep Blues" might be a little too
academic for a beginner. Of the two I'd lean toward "The Land Where the
Blues Began."   I'm not as familiar with "Lost Highway".

I would suggest "The Voice of the Blues" by Jim O'Neal and Amy Van Singel.
Loosely structured interviews with a variety of blues greats, this book can
be read straight through or can easily be broken up into several sessions
without losing the thread of the book.  Another advantage is that it focuses
on the people of the blues and in so doing it allows them to tell how the
cultural situation affected them and their music.

Another good place to start might be "Can't Be Satisfied" by Robert Gordon.
This biography of Muddy Waters covers a lot of ground, from young Muddy
listening to Son House and Robert Johnson all the way to Muddy and the
Stones.  Gordon writes beautifully in a clear, poetic narrative style that
makes for a very enjoyable read.

Ricky Stevens
Arkabutla, Mississippi

----- Original Message -----
From: "mlsullivan" <>

 I'd like to get him
> a book for Christmas and am wondering what would be the best one in
> terms of history. Deep Blues? The Land Where Blues Began? Lost Highway?
> Any input would be appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Mary Lou Sullivan

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