Ted Gioia had created a memorable reading experience with his well-written and enjoyable analysis of the blues. To this reviewer, this book is a contemporary classic in its field, and approach.
Delta Blues also contains illustrations. Those who have read Ted Gioias previous work such as The History of Jazz Work Songs West Coast Jazz among others will find this another fine nonfiction book from an accomplished writer who is a genuine authority of jazz. Ted Gioia is the founder and editor of www.jazz.com and is well-known as a jazz pianist and composer. He lives in Plano Texas.
To define this book as the definitive account about how Mississippi Delta music positively affected and forever changed many aspects of American popular music is an accurate description. The blues did develop and grow out of the plantations and prisons.
The contents of the book are precise and arranged in logical sequence. Material is covered in depth. Among the many topics covered include blues and the old kingdoms Dockery's plantation and blues revival. The notes with the book make for educational reading and compliment the text. Another aspect that readers of the book will appreciate is the recommended listening section in which artist and release date is given.
This is a remarkable book full of insights and full of intriguing data. It is a book that any reader who enjoys the blues will savor and enjoy reading often.
Delta Blues is highly informative and highly recommended reading about Delta blues. This book would make a fine gift and a fine selection for your local librarian to place in the library for jazz patrons! Ted Gioia is in top form with this book and is to be congratulated on his jazz insights.