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Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers e-book

Author:

Barry Lee Pearson

Language:

English

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Music

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1308 kb

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Rating:

4.2

Publisher:

Univ Tennessee Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2005)

Pages:

272

ISBN:

1572334320

Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers e-book

by Barry Lee Pearson


These blues stories, collected by Pearson for thirty years, are told in the blues musicians’ own words. The author interviewed over one hundred musicians, recording and transcribing their stories.

These blues stories, collected by Pearson for thirty years, are told in the blues musicians’ own words. These are stories from well-known musicians such as John Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers is what author and compiler Barry Lee Pearson calls a blues quilt. These blues stories, collected by Pearson for thirty years, are told in the blues musicians’ own words.

Blues fans and those interested in African American music, folklore, American music history, popular culture, and southern history will want to read Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers

Blues fans and those interested in African American music, folklore, American music history, popular culture, and southern history will want to read Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers. Barry Lee Pearson is professor of English and American studies at the University of Maryland. He is the coauthor of Robert Johnson: Lost and Found, Virginia Piedmont Blues: The Lives and Art of Two Virginia Bluesmen, Sounds So Good to Me : The Bluesman’s Story, and more than a hundred articles. In 1993 he was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album for Roots of Rhythm and Blues:.

Jook Right On opens with a quote by Willie Cobbs: "Blues is a story about real life

Jook Right On opens with a quote by Willie Cobbs: "Blues is a story about real life. It's something that happens to you in life. Author Barry Lee Pearson avoids this miscalculation by sticking with the stories that blues practitioners tell, using their own words to clarify the meanings, sources, and forms of the blues in a well-constructed, easy-to-read work. Jook Right On is the most recent outcome of Pearson's long-term study of the blues, which has already produced Sounds So Good to Me: The Bluesman's Story (1984) and Virginia Piedmont Blues: The Lives and Art of Two Virginia Bluesmen (1990).

Author and compiler Barry Lee Pearson calls this volume a "blues quilt. These stories, collected over thirty years, are told in the blues musicians' own words. Pearson interviewed over one hundred musicians, recording and transcribing their stories. These are stories from well-known musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor, David "Honeyboy" Edwards, and Little Milton, and from more obscure artists such as Big Luck Carter, Henry Dorsey, Joseph Savage, and .

Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers is what author and compiler Barry Lee Pearson calls a blues quilt. These blues stories, collected by Pearson for thirty years, are told in the blues musicians own words. These are stories from well-known musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor, David Honeyboy Edwards, and Little Milton, and from more obscure artists such as Big Luck Carter, Henry Dorsey, Joseph Savage, and J. T. Adams.

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Barry Lee Pearson is a professor of English and American studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, a noted blues scholar, and the author of three books, including Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers. He formerly collaborated with Pearson on articles about thirty-six American blues artists for the American National Biography. Библиографические данные.

These life stories provide central insights into blues music and stand as a fascinating form of narrative in their own right

These life stories provide central insights into blues music and stand as a fascinating form of narrative in their own right. Barry Lee Pearson has conducted dozens of field interviews and collected over a hundred published autobiographies to present this collective portrait of bluesmen's careers as they themselves tell them: their musical learning, communities, work, pleasures, travels, triumphs, and crises.

a b Pearson, Barry Lee (2005). Jook right on: blues stories and blues storytellers (1st e. Knoxville, Tennessee, United States: University of Tennessee Press. p. 196. ISBN 1-57233-431-2.

Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers is what author and compiler Barry Lee Pearson calls a “blues quilt.” These blues stories, collected by Pearson for thirty years, are told in the blues musicians’ own words. The author interviewed over one hundred musicians, recording and transcribing their stories. These are stories from well-known musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Koko Taylor, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, and Little Milton, and from more obscure artists such as Big Luck Carter, Henry Dorsey, Joseph Savage, and J. T. Adams. Pearson provides an introduction to the world of the blues and the genre of blues stories as well as brief biographies of the musicians. Divided into five sections—Blues Talk, Living the Blues, Learning the Blues, Working the Blues, and The Last Word—the book provides an overview of the inner workings of the blues tradition from the artist’s point of view. Wordsmiths by trade, the storytellers bring to their tales qualities also found in blues song performance and philosophical perspectives characteristic of the blues tradition such as improvisation, ironic humor, ambivalence, and a life-affirming sense of hope in the face of adversity. Pitched somewhere between story and song, this remarkable chorus of voices provides concrete illustrations of what it means to live the blues, to feel the blues, and to play the blues. Taken together, these artists provide a collective history of one of America’s most influential art forms. Blues fans and those interested in African American music, folklore, American music history, popular culture, and southern history will want to read Jook Right On: Blues Stories and Blues Storytellers.
Arilak
As much as I was hoping to enjoy this book I'm afraid I have to give it a thumbs down. The problem isn't with who is being interviewed since a wide variety of individuals from the world of the Blues are interviewed. What is frustrating about this book is it seems to be one huge collection of opening paragraphs. Each person tells a story or recounts a memory. That's it. There is no follow up questioning, no way to go deeper into the story or the memory. Time after time a person is introduced, tells a little tale, and then the book moves on to the next person. I found myself getting interested in what someone was saying only to have it cut off far to quickly. This books would have been great with fewer stories in greater depth. The book suggests a rich array of history and lore is waiting to be tapped, however, this book does not sip very deeply from the wine.
Unsoo
Years ago, Barry Lee Pearson wrote about the storytelling tradition that is a big part of blues music. In his first books, he documented and presented good stories by numerous blues players. This book is widens the scope of his previous work. It is a collection of numerous stories from well over 25 years of his own research. After an interesting introduction, the book consists of stories about a range of factors that are relevant to the blues musicians' lives. He includes interview material from some fairly prominent blues musicians, but many of the musicians are not the more famous artists. They all offer important histories and memories about playing, and it's interesting to read about their accounts of blues legends such as Sonny Boy Williamson, Howling Wolf, Robert Johnson, and other better known players. The stories are compelling reading. I especially like the descriptions of how the blues players got their start, and I found it especially interesting how many of them had parents who discouraged them from playing. There are also great descriptions of jook joints, house parties, and life on the road, all of which provide a fine context for understanding blues. It is particularly interesting how the stories are simply presented as interesting texts. Many of them read like great short stories and have an inherent interest on their own. If readers want to find more about the music and musicians, they can consult the excellent bibliographic materials that Pearson provides.
Fordrelis
"Jook Right On" is described by the author as a "blues quilt," a collection of anecdotes told by blues men and women. Loosely organized by subject, the result is a closely interwoven chorus of authentic voices that achieves the honesty and clarity of the blues itself.

You may not recognize half the names of the storytellers, but you cannot help but know their humanity.

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