The Encyclopedia of the Blues provides a historical, musical, and cultural foundation for the study of blues music. It traces musical and cultural trends engendered by the blues and the aspects of the music industry and of American society that helped to nurture those trends. The blues is a uniquely American form, and thus the majority of the individuals discussed are American; however, as many entries will address, the blues has grown far beyond its regional origins to become a form of entertainment and self-expression for all races, classes, and nationalities.
(For an overview of the blues as a musical genre, see the 'Blues' entry in volume one.) The Encyclopedia of the Blues is a multidisciplinary project, combining the work of approximately 140 scholars of music, bibliography, and American history and culture. Many of the contributors count musicianship as part of their scholarship, and they bring to the project a first-hand knowledge of the rich heritage of the blues; many have been involved in groundbreaking recordings such as the Library of Congress sessions; and many bring experience in music journalism to the project.
This includes the second volume.
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