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New York City Blues: Postwar Portraits from Harlem to the Village and Beyond
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New York City Blues: Postwar Portraits from Harlem to the Village and Beyond (Paperback)

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A first-ever book on the subject, New York City Blues: Postwar Portraits from Harlem to the Village and Beyond offers a deep dive into the blues venues and performers in the city from the 1940s through the 1990s. Interviews in this volume bring the reader behind the scenes of the daily and performing lives of working musicians, songwriters, and producers. The interviewers capture their voices - many sadly deceased - and reveal the changes in styles, the connections between performers, and the evolution of New York blues.

New York City Blues is an oral history conveyed through the words of the performers themselves and through the photographs of Robert Schaffer, supplemented by the input of Val Wilmer, Paul Harris, and Richard Tapp. The book also features the work of award-winning author and blues scholar John Broven. Along with writing a history of New York blues for the introduction, Broven contributes interviews with Rose Marie McCoy, ""Doc"" Pomus, Billy Butler, and Billy Bland. Some of the artists interviewed by Larry Simon include Paul Oscher, John Hammond Jr., Rosco Gordon, Larry Dale, Bob Gaddy, ""Wild"" Jimmy Spruill, and Bobby Robinson. Also featured are over 160 photographs, including those by respected photographers Anton Mikofsky, Wilmer, and Harris, that provide a vivid visual history of the music and the times from Harlem to Greenwich Village and neighboring areas.

New York City Blues delivers a strong sense of the major personalities and places such as Harlem's Apollo Theatre, the history, and an in-depth introduction to the rich variety, sounds, and styles that made up the often-overlooked New York City blues scene.

History & PoliticsRegional & national historyMusic & DanceDanceMusic reviews & criticismMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresBluesMusic & DanceMusic BooksMusic: styles & genresIndividual composers & musicians, specific bands & groups Publisher: University Press of Mississippi Publication Date: 30/08/2021 ISBN-13: 9781496834997  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Larry Simon is a guitarist and composer. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, he has recorded and toured with many of today's leading jazz and blues artists. As a composer he has written extensively for dance, film, and theatre. Simon has also worked with poets Robert Pinsky, John Sinclair and others. John Broven, born in East Sussex, England. is a respected expert on the rock 'n' roll era, lending his knowledge to BBC Radio and NPR to discuss genres from swamp pop to the blues. He coedited the British magazine Blues Unlimited and cofounded Juke Blues Magazine. He is author of three highly regarded books on the history of blues and roots music, Record Makers and Breakers; Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans; and South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous. Robert Schaffer, from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, is a photographer and writer whose images have appeared in Time Out and the Japanese edition of Cosmopolitan. His photos have been used on CDs for Gamelan Son of Lion, DownTown Ensemble, Larry Simon, Linda Dunn, and others.

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