Thursday, July 22, 2004

NY Times gets the blues

A review of the new Howlin' Wolf biography: 
White historians usually deserve the blame for overmythologizing blues singers. But James Segrest and Mark Hoffman, co-authors of the biography "Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf," have little to fear. Howlin' Wolf's feral act led everyone to mythologize him: black and white, musicians and laymen, and especially Wolf himself. Here the biographers repeat the myths, and lay them on a chronological grid. 
The Bluesman Who Behaved Too Well is an article written by Elijah Wlad, continuing on the thesis he's built in his latest book, Escaping the Delta:
Leroy Carr, the most influential male blues singer and songwriter of the first half of the 20th century, fell out of sight for a white audience that wanted its blues artists as unpolished as possible.

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