This is the most comprehensive and insightful study ever published on the pioneers of electric blues guitar - including the great Chicago, Mississippi Delta, Louisiana, Texas and West Coast bluesmen. RollinÕ and TumblinÕ offers extensive interviews with some of the worldÕs most famous blues guitarists, and poignant profiles of historical blues figures. Following a sweeping portrait of blues guitar history, the book features such players as T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, LightninÕ Hopkins and many more.
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Editor Jas Obrecht edited Blues Guitar: The Men Who Made the Music, and co-authored My Son Jimi with the legendary guitarist's father, James A. Hendrix. A long-time editor at Guitar Player magazine, Obrecht currently is Editor in Chief of the San Francisco-based Groovengine music website. Obrecht won the Blues Foundation's Keeping the Blues Alive Award in Journalism at the 1997 W.C. Handy Awards.Review:
"Documents the most important time, places, and faces in music history." -- Ben Harper
"More than the greatest bluesmen telling their stories, it's a way to fall in love with the blues all over..." -- Dave Marsh
"Rollin' and Tumblin' is a great tribute to the guitarists of the past 50-some years who defined the blues -- not just by the notes theyve played, but by the lives theyve lived. This book has the most in-depth biographies and interviews ever published on certain artists. Jas Obrecht has done his usual excellent job, with his passion for the true stories of the blues." -- Jim O'Neal, founding editor, Living Blues
"The book's like a river of whisky and it made me feel like a diving duck." -- Dave Marsh
"This is the book that tells the story of the first music that was here." -- John Lee Hooker
"This is the story of the blues before Pepsi!" --Ry Cooder
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