All Music Guide to the Blues

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All Music Guide to the Blues
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The cover of the third edition of All Music Guide to the Blues.
AuthorVladimir Bogdanov
Chris Woodstra
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Language English
SeriesAll Music Guide to...
Subject Blues
Genre Non-fiction
Encyclopedic
Reference
Publisher Backbeat Books
Publication date
April 2003 (3rd)
Media type Paperback
Pages800
ISBN 0-87930-736-6
OCLC 51389035
016.781643/0266 21
LC Class ML156.4.B6 A45 2003

All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues is a non-fiction, encyclopedic referencing of blues music compiled under the direction of All Media Guide.

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Blues is a music genre and musical form which was originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1870s by African-Americans from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, and spirituals. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes, usually thirds, fifths or sevenths flattened in pitch are also an essential part of the sound. Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove.

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The book's third edition was released in April 2003 and was edited by Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra and Stephen Thomas Erlewine.

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Vladimir Bogdanov is a music critic, author, AllMusic editor and record producer. He is the editor of the fourth edition of the All Music Guide to Jazz (2002), and president of the AllMusic guide series.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine American music journalist

Stephen Thomas "Tom" Erlewine is an American music critic and senior editor for the online music database AllMusic. He is the author of many artist biographies and record reviews for AllMusic, as well as a freelance writer, occasionally contributing liner notes.

The book's back cover touts that the book contains ratings for close to 9,000 album and 935 musician biographies. Artists are set up alphabetically and include some of the following: birth and death dates, classification (vocals, guitar, drums, etc.), a biography, a discography. The discography listings include a five star rating, the music label it was released on, and the date as well as possibly reviews of certain albums.

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

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Musician person who performs or composes music

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All Music Guide to the Blues also includes 30 essays covering different styles of blues, along with "top lists" and extensive charts on the evolution and lineage of the blues.

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