Peter Guralnick – The Listener’s Guide To The Blues (1982)

frontcoverThis is another out of print book from my Collection of Music books …

By delving into the livesm influences and recordings of the great blues makers, The Listener´s Guide To The Blues provides a unique tour through the growth and development of one of America´s finest Musical forms.

“If you were to only get one book about the blues, this is it. It provides all the necessary biographical and background information in short, readable chapters, and then discusses the albums most worth checking out for every artist and every style. Indispensable” (Patrick)

Abouth the author:

Peter Guralnick is an American music critic, writer on music, and historian of US American popular music, who is also active as an author and screenwriter. He has been married for over 45 years to Alexandra. He has a son and daughter, Jacob and Nina.
Guralnick’s first two books, Almost Grown (1964) and Mister Downchild (1967), were short story collections published by Larry Stark, whose small press in Cambridge, Larry Stark Press, was devoted to stories and poems. Mona Dickson, writing in MIT’s The Tech (May 13, 1964) gave Almost Grown a favorable review.
After Guralnick graduated from Boston University in 1971 with a master’s degree in creative writing, he began writing books chronicling the history of blues, country, rock and roll and soul.
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Peter Guralnick with Chuck Berry, 2012

His two-volume biography of Elvis Presley, Last Train to Memphis in 1994, followed by Careless Love in 1999, placed the story of Presley’s career into a rise and fall arc. Encompassing more than 1,300 pages (including 1,150 pages of text), the work countered earlier biographies such as Albert Goldman’s Elvis from 1981 with an in-depth, scholarly examination of Presley’s life and music. Guralnick had previously written on Presley in the The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll, starting with the first edition in 1976, said article having been reprinted for each subsequent edition.

Larry Stark Press published Peter Guralnick’s second book in 1967. A first edition is currently valued at $200.
In contrast to contemporaries such as Lester Bangs, Ian Penman and Nick Tosches, whose music writings are marked by idiosyncratic, self-referential and highly personal styles, Guralnick’s writing is characterized by a colloquial approach that is clean and understated by comparison. In his best passages, he has an ability to simultaneously empathize and remain objective. Writing as a music fan, his enthusiasm powers his writing but doesn’t overpower it.
Guralnick wrote the script for A&E’s documentary, Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll, narrated by Billy Bob Thornton, and he also scripted Sam Cooke – Legend, narrated by Jeffrey Wright. (by goodreads.com)
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This is an essential book about the blues and about all These great blues recordings through the last century
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Robin Leach + Ron Hutcheson – Go – Pop Annual (1968)

PopAnnual1968_01AHere´s another item from my collection of music books.

GO Magazine was a North America-wide free newspaper/magazine that was distributed between 1967 and 1969. Believe it or not, the editor was Robin Leach (yes, the guy who later became famous for “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous”). Basically, it contained syndicated articles about Top 40 artists and was the same in every city.

Here some more informations about Robin Leach:

Robin Douglas Leach (born 29 August 1941) is an English-born American entertainment celebrity reporter writer famous for hosting his first show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, in the mid-1980s and into the mid-1990s, which focused on profiling well-known celebrities and their lavish homes, cars and other materialistic endeavors. His voice is often parodied by other actors with his signature phrase, “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” During the final season, he was assisted by Shari Belafonte, and the show was renamed, Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte. During grammar school at Harrow County School for Boys, 10 miles (16 km) from London, he edited a school magazine, The Gayton Times, at age 14. At age 15 he became a general news reporter for the Harrow Observer and started a monthly glossy town magazine at age 17. Leach moved on to the Daily Mail as Britain’s youngest “Page One” reporter, at age 18. In 1963, he emigrated to America and wrote for a number of publications (New York Daily News, People, Ladies Home Journal etc.) before launching GO Magazine and then was show business editor of The Star. Other television work includes reporting for People Tonight, on

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