• Delta Blues

  • The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music
  • By: Ted Gioia
  • Narrated by: Chris Abernathy
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Music
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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The definitive account of how the rough sounds of the Mississippi Delta changed the course of American popular music.

The blues grew out of the plantations and prisons, the swampy marshes and fertile cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta. With original research and keen insights, Ted Gioia - the author of a landmark study of West Coast jazz and the critically acclaimed The History of Jazz - brings to life the stirring music of the Delta, evoking the legendary figures who shaped its sound and ethos: Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin' Wolf, B. B. King, and others. 

Tracing the history of the Delta blues from the field hollers and plantation music of the 19th century to the exploits of modern-day musicians in the Delta tradition, Delta Blues tells the full story of this timeless and unforgettable music. No cultural force boasts such humble origins or such world-conquering reverberations. In this evocative rags-to-riches tale, Gioia shows how the sounds of the Delta altered the course of popular music in America and in the world beyond.

©2008 Ted Gioia (P)2021 Tantor

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An Exceptional Blues History

An exceptionally well-written and engaging history of the blues, with a fantastic narrator.
Exactly what I had been searching for.
A pleasure for all blues fans.