Monday, December 28, 2009

Blues Book: Texas Blues: The Rise of A Contemporary Sound

Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music) (Hardcover)

Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music)

According to Jim Sherman;

This is the most important book I am aware of on the history of Texas blues. And at $40 for 599 glossy, lavishly illustrated pages (and deeply discounted at the usual Internet kiosks) it's a remarkable bargain. Govenar, in addition to being a painstaking interviewer and researcher, is also a longtime archivist and photo historian who founded the nonprofit Documentary Arts and has a close working relationship with the Texas African American Photography Archive, both based in Dallas. This book is a unique collection of publicity photos, snapshots, and reproductions of concert posters, album labels and album covers. It's a marvelous visual record. There is also text--analysis, biography and interviews--tracing the Texas blues through its many twists and turns from the days of slavery to the present. The sheer quantity of information presents a challenge to coherence, and Govenar is to be commended for merging history and geography into a chronology that makes immediate and intuitive sense.


Book Details

* Author: Alan Govenar
* Hardcover: 624 pages
* Publisher: TAMU Press; illustrated edition edition (October 9, 2008)
* Language: English
* ISBN-10: 158544605X
* ISBN-13: 978-1585446056
* Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1.9 inches

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