Conversation with the blues / Paul Oliver ; illustrated with photographs by the author.

Oliver, Paul, 1927-2017 [Browse]
2nd ed.
Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c1997.
xvi, 208 p. : ill. ; 29 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.).


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"Compiled from transcriptions of interviews with blues artists made by Paul Oliver in 1960, Conversation with the Blues tells--in the artists' own words--of the significance of their music and the turbulent times and lives it reflects. Included are guitarists, pianists and other instrumentalists from the rural South and the urban North, from famous blues singers who recorded extensively to singers known only to their local communities. Copiously illustrated with Paul Oliver's photographs the book provides a rare glimpse--from cotton fields to the big-city--of African American music at a time when the South was still segregated. In a larger format to better display the pictures and with a new introduction by the author, this edition also contains a CD that captures the stark, ironic, but moving music and narratives of the singers themselves."
Bibliographic references
Discography: p. 202-203.
Time and place of event
Field recordings by Paul Oliver on accompanying compact disc.
  • Of disc: So much good feeling (Boogie Woogie Red)
  • A little different (Willie Thomas)
  • Kill that nigger dead (James Butch Cage, Willie Thomas)
  • The onliest way (Lil Son Jackson)
  • My father's style ; So it rocked on ; Move to Kansas City (J.B. Lenoir)
  • When she came back ; Poor country boy (Otis Spann)
  • Ain't no easy thing (Lightnin' Hopkins)
  • Evil heart blues (Mance Lipscomb)
  • A roughneck (Blind Arvella Grey)
  • West Helena blues (Roosevelt Sykes)
  • Days of 1900 ; Newport News blues (Will Shade)
  • Chock house days ; Come and get me (Whistling Alex Moore)
  • Move back! For what? (Brother John Sellers)
  • I been down so long (J.B. Lenoir)
  • A place they call Boots' (James Stump Johnson)
  • Henry Brown blues (Henry Brown)
  • They called us gandy-dancers ; Work songs and John Henry (Blind Arvella Gray, Blind James Brewer)
  • Santa Fe train (Edwin Buster Pickens)
  • Most reason I sing (Robert Curtis Smith)
  • Santa Fe blues (Jasper Love)
  • Somewhere down the line (John Lee Hooker)
  • I hope one day my luck will change (Robert Curtis Smith)
  • Only places they can go ; People calls me Lucky (Otis Spann)
  • What have I committed (Henry Townsend)
  • 'Tween midnight and day (James Butch Cage)
  • Walking basses and dud low Joe ; The first Vickburg blues (Little Brother Montgomery)
  • They call him 'Pork Chops' ; Forty-four blues (Roosevelt Sykes)
  • Blues in the bottle (Mance Lipscomb)
  • To have the blues within ; Colorado Springs blues (Edwin Buster Pickens).
  • 0521591813 (hardcover)
  • 0521598265 (pbk.)
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