The Bluesmen: the story and the music of the men who made the Blues.New York: Oak Publications, 1967 Stock Code: 143046
First edition, first printing, issued in both softcover and hardback, the latter now difficult to find. An important study by one of the pioneering writers on the blues, covering the life and work of such greats as Robert Johnson, Son House, Skip James, Charley Patton, Bukka White, and Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Samuel Charters (1929-2015) was also "a prolific record producer, historian of jazz and ragtime, an early explorer of the terrain of world music, musician, poet and novelist After The Poetry of the Blues (1963), his bestseller, he looked again at The Country Blues 1959, the first book-length study of the genre and found it 'purple, romantic, exaggerated I would not defend many of the things I said there. It needed an overhaul.' He duly expanded it into two books, The Bluesmen (1967) and Sweet as the Showers of Rain (1977)" (The Guardian obituary 26 March 2015, retrieved 1 September 2020).
Tall octavo. Original moderate blue cloth, gilt-lettered spine. With dust jacket.
Price-clipped jacket rubbed, hole to sunned spine, a few other nicks, chips and tears. An excellent copy of the book, clean and square.
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