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Preachin' the blues: the life and times of Son House

Authors and Corporations: Beaumont, Daniel E. (Author)
Title: Preachin' the blues: the life and times of Son House/ by Daniel Beaumont
Language: English
New York ;, Oxford Oxford University Press 2011
Item Description: 1 online resource (viii, 206 p.); ill ; Includes bibliographical references and index. - Description based on print version record
ISBN: 9780190268060
DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395570.001.0001
This is a biography of American blues singer and guitarist Eddie James 'Son' House, Jr. (1902-1988), who pioneered an innovative style, incorporating strong repetitive rhythms with elements of southern gospel and spiritual vocals. A seminal figure in the history of the Delta blues, he influenced such figures as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. The landscape of Son House's life and the vicissitudes he endured make for an absorbing narrative, threaded through with a tension between House's religious beliefs and his spells of commitment to a lifestyle that implicitly rejected it.