Literary Question

Sun Nov 7 21:59:22 EST 2004

> As far as writing goes, Guralnick is my favorite. He can take a dry
> subject and make it interesting. The  "Blues Who's Who" (dry dry dry) is
> also dated, dated, dated. And I've been told, wrong in places. I can't
> remember what the errors are though. Also it only covers the "front"
> person in a group. Many of the great sidemen (& women) are left out.
> --
> maxdog
Guralnick is also my favorite.  Someday I should get the Elvis stuff.  That
"Blues Who's Who" simply tells you DOB, DOD, instrument and a real rough bio
with when and what he/she recorded, followed by small personal info (married
w/children); song list, influenced by/to; one or two quotes and a reference.
I haven't been able to find any "groups" mentioned in the Who's Who.  "The
Big Book of Blues" has more of a flow to the writing.  There are, however,
numerous flaws in all of these reference books.  As for coffee table books,
I'm real fond of Raeburn Ferlage's "Chicago Blues", Johnny Otis's "Colors
and Chords" and Marc Norberg's "Black and White Blues"  That last one is set
up to get autographs.  Sadly, I haven't gotten one autograph in mine and
worse, many are dead or all but disappeared by today's market.  I suppose I
should start lugging this one around.

[Never sweat the petty stuff, but always pet the sweaty stuff - Rev Billy C

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