The blues is a feeling : voices & visions of African-American blues musicians /

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Author / Creator:Fraher, James.
Edition:1st hardcover ed.
Imprint:Mount Horeb, Wis. : Face to Face Books, c1998.
Description:160 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
Subject:Blues musicians -- United States -- Portraits.
Blues musicians -- United States -- Interviews.
African American musicians.
African American musicians.
Blues musicians.
United States.
Format: Print Book
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Notes:Includes indexes.
Review by Booklist Review

Like many in his white generation, Fraher has been a blues fan since discovering the music when a 1960s high-school student. Unlike most of his cohort, he became a photographer who made his passion the object of professional attention. He started taking performance photos of blues players in the 1970s, and warm, loving, formal portraits of them in the 1980s. One of the latter dominates nearly every page here, accompanied only by the particular musician's name, instrument, and date and place of birth, and a few words he or she said to Fraher. Both country and urban blues artists appear; the preponderance of them are in their sixties, and lots are even older, belying any impression that the blues kills you quicker than other lines of musical endeavor. Popular wisdom has it that happy folks live longer, and the amusement on face after face herein verifies Koko Taylor's proclamation that the blues "is designed to make people happy." --Ray Olson

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Review by Booklist Review