Lover of the Fancy

Early C20th American culture and dissent

Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music
Ted Gioia


In this “expertly researched, elegantly written, dispassionate yet thoughtful history” (Gary Giddins), award-winning author Ted Gioia gives us “the rare combination of a tome that is both deeply informative and enjoyable to read” (Publishers Weekly, starred review). From the field hollers of nineteenth-century plantations to Muddy Waters and B.B. King, Delta Blues delves into the uneasy mix of race and money at the point where traditional music became commercial and bluesmen found new audiences of thousands.

Paperback, 464pp, illus
W W Norton & Co, 2010
ISBN 9780393337501