BLUES WORLD is a great repository for all things to do with blues music -including great photos.
Recently Blues World highlighted the work of Chicago photographer Raeburn Flerlage :
Check this very atmospheric shot of BB KING…..
BB KING by Raeburn Flerlage
Muddy Waters and James Cotton – Raeburn Flerlage
Howling Wolf and Hubert Sumlin – Raeburn Flerlage
A great picture of the hands of Furry Lewis – Raeburn Flerlage
As a repository of all things blues many links are provided to magazines such as Juke Blues:
……and Living Blues magazine
How about specialist record labels?
e.g. Document Records
And for remastered vintage blues try FROG RECORDS
and an even more specialised label:
and even blues specialist shops:
e.g. Cat Head store
Check the vid:
If you are going to Mississippi and you love the blues you cannot miss this store – apart from the merchandise, the Cat Head store calendar is a mine of information about events , juke joints and players around Mississippi.
How about some cartoon story telling? Drawings by R.Crumb (remember that Big Brother and the Holding Company , with Janis Joplin, record sleeve?)
And books -certainly plenty of books, writings and interviews
Paramount introduced Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Skip James, and other blues greats to the world — but there’s much more to the story than its legendary jazz and blues records. Alex van der Tuuk reveals the full history of the people and companies behind the label in a landmark work that blends musical, business, and local history in a unique way.
e.g. The search for Blind Blake
Son House – CD and interview
Arcola’s second double CD release features Son House, a true child of the Mississippi Delta, born in Coahoma County, 1902. Once a part-time preacher, in performance he balanced secular blues with religious messages.
The first CD begins with Son’s unsurpassed 1968 Seattle concert, including song introductions, Son’s thoughts on life and the blues, and descriptions of how he came to write each selection. According to one reviewer this performance is the best of his recorded powers after his rediscovery in 1964. And indeed, a comparison between this concert and the various 1965 recordings show that it took a few years for Son to get back into shape. Consequently, Son House is truly in his best form here on Arcola.
The second CD starts with Son’s 1930 recording of My Black Mama Pt. 1 and continues with my 1968 interview where he describes his early life and musical influences, and how he made his way with Willie Brown, Charlie Patton and the pianist Louise Johnson to Grafton, Wisconsin. There Son made his first recordings with Art Laibly of Paramount Records. The interview continues with Son’s stories about those three and his other companions of the time, Rube Lacy and Robert Johnson. Son describes how he and Willie Brown took Robert under their wings, and got him out of his nest and eventually into another one that killed him. Interspersed with the interview are songs from each of these musical colleagues and the disk concludes with Son’s 1930 recording of My Black Mama Pt. 2.
and we can finish with next year’s blues calendar from Blues Images
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