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The Blues Highway

New Orleans to Chicago - A Travel and Music Guide

By (author) Richard Knight
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Trailblazer Publications, Hindhead, Surrey, United Kingdom
Published: 17th Aug 2001
Dimensions: w 120mm h 180mm d 23mm
Weight: 472g
ISBN-10: 1873756437
ISBN-13: 9781873756430
Barcode No: 9781873756430
Never before has there been such a comprehensive guide to the great music corridor of the South to the Midwest. Award-winning travel writer Richard Knight has written the definitive travel guide exploring the roots of jazz and blues in the US by following Highway 61 and the Mississippi River from Congo Square in New Orleans and the Delta blues joints, through Memphis, Nashville, St. Louis, and the South Side of Chicago.

The Blues Highway looks at the music history of this famous stretch that many black musicians took from the cotton fields of Mississippi to Chicago in search of work which led to the spread of jazz and blues across the country.

New and exclusive interviews with such ground-breaking legends as Sam Phillips, founder of Sun Records in Memphis; R&B great Wilson Pickett; legendary performer Ike Turner; the great Sax artist, Little Milton Campbell; blues great Rufus Thomas, who is still going strong in his eighties, and more are featured.

In addition, this is also a terrific travel guide, too, featuring detailed city guides, extensive listings on where to stay and where to eat, where to find the best music clubs and bars, and historic landmarks.

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