The blues a very short introduction elijah wald on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers praised as suave soulful ebullient tom waits and a meticulous researcher a graceful writer and a committed contrarian new york times book review . Wald positions blues music as the catalyst for more modern american musical forms including jazz rock rb and rap his very short introduction begins with the contributions of wc handy moves through the artistry of female singers like ma rainey and bessie smith and looks at the gritty songs of male innovators like robert johnson charley patton blind lemon jefferson bb king and . Praised as suave soulful ebullient tom waits and a meticulous researcher a graceful writer and a committed contrarian new york times book review elijah wald is one of the leading popular music critics of his generationin the blues wald surveys a genre at the heart of american culture it is not an easy thing to pin down. The blues a very short introduction elijah wald very short introductions features blues stars ma rainey jelly roll morton wc handy alberta hunter bessie smith ida cox blind lemon jefferson blind blake the memphis jug band and charlie patton. The blues a very short introduction elijah wald bio robert johnson dave van ronk narcocorrido hitchhikingbeatles pop book other writing african guitar cds other cd projects joseph spence the blues a very short introduction oxford university press 2010 the most illuminating short treatment of the blues ever published
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