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Preachin' the Blues


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Preface Chapter 1: The Second Coming of the Son Chapter 2: "Ramblified" Chapter 3: "The Blues Blowed My Spirit Away" Chapter 4: My Black Mama Chapter 5: Dry Spell Blues Chapter 6: Jinx Blues Chapter 7: Eclipse Chapter 8: "Father of the Folk Blues" Chapter 9: "He Was Who He Was" Chapter 10: The Legacy of Son House Appendix 1: Song Lyrics Appendix 2: Southold, NY, Police Report Acknowledgments Bibliography Index

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Daniel Beaumont teaches courses on Arabic language and literature and the blues at the University of Rochester. He is the author of Slave of Desire: Sex, Love and Death in The 1001 Nights (Associated University Presses 2002). He produced and directed "So Much Truth" a documentary about bluesman Joe Beard. He also worked as chief observer on a rain making project in Libya and he has been on the historic "King Biscuit Time" blues radio show.


"Beaumont's work shines especially in his depiction of House's nonrecording years... the definitive portrait of this unjustly neglected lion of American Music." --Library Journal (starred review) "Beaumont offers vivid portraits of the pre-WWII blues scene and the mid-1960s efforts of white ethnomusicologists to rediscover and promote blues singers." --Alan Moores, Booklist "Daniel Beaumont, who teaches Arabic language and literature at the University of Rochester, has produced an eloquent study of House's life and travails." --Benjamin Ivry, Star-Ledger "Preachin' the Blues achieves what any music biographer most aspires to: It makes a reader want to seek out the music it describes. And even in an iTunes age, when Son House's Levee Camp Moan can be found with a click instead of a drive to Rochester, it's still a journey with rich rewards." --Charles R. Cross, The Seattle Times

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