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Delta Blues & the Birth (and Death) of the Cool: Two definitive Ted Gioia Histories

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Does the music world need one more history of Delta blues music? Does a survey of a spongy concept like “cool" have any relevance in a post-9/11 world? Considering Robert Palmer authored a definitive narrative on depression-era Mississippi Delta music in Deep Blues (Viking, 1981) almost 30 years ago, and that Martin Williams and David Rosenthal, among many others, have already tried, with anemic success, to define other amorphous musical concepts like “Swing" and “Bad," do we really need to suffer more writing in this vein?

Can anything new be revealed, either about the music or the way we hear ...

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Ted Gioia: The History of Jazz

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Index About the Author About The History of Jazz Excerpt: The Prehistory of Jazz Thoughts on Jazz by Ted Gioia Visit Ted Gioia on the web.

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Ted Gioia was raised in Hawhtorne, California, a working class neighborhood in the South-Central area of Los Anglees county. Jazz was not part of Hawthorne's nightlife - indeed, the city is perhaps best known as hometown to the Beach Boys. But while his friends and classmates listened to surf and soul music, Gioia was practicing the piano and checking out the ...



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