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The Guitar Players

One Instrument and Its Masters in American Music

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The Guitar Players by James Sallis
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"The guitar and American music are inexorably intertwined," writes James Sallis in The Guitar Players. He notes that "American music was built on the backs of black slaves." The great classical blues period of the 1920s had rich antecedents going back further than plantation orchestras featuring fiddles and bajos. The introduction of the guitar, at first not a solo instrument, really demonstrated rhythmic ingenuity. Sallis shows how folk music and a cross-fertilization of traditions and techniques resulted in blues, ragtime, jazz, rock 'n' roll, and country-western. He writes eloquently about fourteen transitional or pivotal performers: the Mississippi Sheiks; Lonnie Johnson, the first virtuoso blues guitarist; Eddie Lang, the first great jazz guitarist; Roy Smeck, the foremost popularizer of guitar playing; Charlie Christian, the founder of modern jazz guitar; Riley Puckett, the first great country-music guitarist; T-Bone Walker, "daddy of the blues"; George Barnes; Hank Garland; Wes Montgomery, the jazz innovator; Mike Bloomfield, the heavy-rock guitarist; Ry Cooder; Ralph Towner; and Lenny Breau.

Author Biography

James Sallis, who grew up in Helena, Arkansas, a town with a history of blues activity, is a free-lance writer. The Long-Legged Fly was named one of the best mysteries of the year by the Los Angeles Times. Moth is his second novel to feature the black New Orleans detective Lew Griffin.
Release date NZ
February 1st, 1994
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
Illus
Imprint
University of Nebraska Press
Pages
288
Dimensions
127x203x17
ISBN-13
9780803292253
Product ID
1822352

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