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  • The Blues: A Very Short Introduction  | Elijah Wald

    The Blues: A Very Short Introduction 

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Elijah Wald
    • Narrated By Dalton Mobley
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    Elijah Wald is one of the leading popular music critics of his generation. In The Blues, Wald surveys a genre at the heart of American culture. It is not an easy thing to pin down. As Howlin' Wolf once described it, "When you ain't got no money and can't pay your house rent and can't buy you no food, you've damn sure got the blues." It has been defined by lyrical structure, or as a progression of chords, or as a set of practices reflecting West African "tonal and rhythmic approaches", using a five-note "blues scale". Wald sees blues less as a style than as a broad musical tradition within a constantly evolving pop culture.

    mathew says: "Great flow and golden nuggets!"
  • The Mayor of MacDougal Street: A Memoir | Dave Van Ronk,Elijah Wald

    The Mayor of MacDougal Street: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Dave Van Ronk, Elijah Wald
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    Dave Van Ronk was one of the founding figures of the 1960s folk revival, but he was far more than that. A pioneer of modern acoustic blues, a fine songwriter and arranger, a powerful singer, and one of the most influential guitarists of the ’60s, he was also a marvelous storyteller, a peerless musical historian, and one of the most quotable figures on the Village scene. The Mayor of MacDougal Street is a firsthand account by a major player in the social and musical history of the ’50s and ’60s.

    MidwestGeek says: "Overview of NYC folk music scene of '50's & 60's."
  • Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties | Elijah Wald

    Dylan Goes Electric!: Newport, Seeger, Dylan, and the Night That Split the Sixties

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Elijah Wald
    • Narrated By Sean Runnette
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    On the evening of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan took the stage at Newport Folk Festival, backed by an electric band, and roared into his new rock hit, "Like a Rolling Stone". The audience of committed folk purists and political activists who had hailed him as their acoustic prophet reacted with a mix of shock, booing, and scattered cheers. It was the shot heard round the world - Dylan's declaration of musical independence, the end of the folk revival, and the birth of rock as the voice of a generation - and one of the defining moments in 20th-century music.

  • American Epic: When Music Gave America Her Voice | Bernard MacMahon,Allison McGourty,Elijah Wald

    American Epic: When Music Gave America Her Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, Elijah Wald
    • Narrated By Mike Chamberlain
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    In the 1920s and 1930s, as radio took over the pop music business, record companies were forced to leave their studios in major cities in search of new styles and markets. Ranging the mountains, prairies, rural villages, and urban ghettos of America, they discovered a wealth of unexpected talent - farmers, laborers, and ethnic minorities playing styles that blended the intertwining strands of Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

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