By Steve Cushing
Opinionated and territorial, the yank, British, and French interviewees supply interesting first-hand debts of the period and circulation. specialists together with Paul Oliver, Gayle Dean Wardlow, Sam Charters, Ray Flerledge, Paul Oliver, Richard okay. Spottswood, and Pete Whelan chronicle of their personal phrases their obsessive early efforts at cataloging blues recordings and retrace lifetimes spent loving, discovering, accumulating, reissuing, and generating documents. They and approximately a dozen others recount relationships with blues musicians, together with the discoveries of prewar bluesmen Mississippi John damage, Son condo, pass James, and Bukka White, and the reintroduction of those musicians etc to new generations of listeners. The bills describe fieldwork within the South, renew vigorous debates, and inform of rehearsals in Muddy Waters's basement and randomly discovering Lightning Hopkins's guitar in a pawn shop.
Blues pupil Barry Lee Pearson presents a serious and ancient framework for the interviews in an introduction.