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...The electric guitar and pounding foot of John Lee Hooker helped to establish blues in the post-World War II American musical culture. Born in Mississippi in either 1912 or 1917, Hooker was homeschooled by his mother...

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Peter Mills

Peter Mills is Senior Lecturer in Media & Popular Culture at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. Hewas singer and lyricist for the band Innocents Abroad who made two albums, Quaker City and Eleven. He has taught music, literature and philosophy at universities in the UK , Hungary, Romania and Croatia, and has published work on, amongst others,Samuel Beckett,Olaf Stapledon,Hungarian folk music, Pink Floyd, national anthems and The KLF. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hymns to the Silence : Inside the Words and Music of Van Morrison

The Continuum, 2010

Scholarly Books

...This part of the book seeks to examine Van Morrison as a writer, doing so via case studies of a trio of his most famous songs (what he calls ‘the Hits’) and an assessment of Morrison as a writer of love songs. Musical and vocal-performative...

Detroit, MI

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 951,270 (2000); metropolitan area – 5,456,428 (2000) Detroit is among the 10 largest cities in the United States, and next to Chicago is the main urban center of the Midwest. Located along the Detroit...

Delta Blues

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver is a Fellow of Oxford Brookes University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Located in the northern part of the state of Mississippi, the Delta is not the true river delta but an area covering 20 counties defined by the meeting of the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers. The term ‘ Delta blues’ refers to the blues...

Mississippi Valley

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...The valley of the Mississippi River stretches from the Gulf of Mexico northward to the river’s source in Minnesota and includes portions of ten states. Most of the valley is bordered by fertile farmland, including a broad floodplain...

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: Bay Area – 6,783,760 (2000); San Francisco (city and county) – 776,733; Oakland (city) – 399,484; Berkeley (city) – 102,743 The San Francisco Bay Area is located on the west coast of northern...

Rhythm and Blues

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Rhythm and blues is an umbrella term referring to (1) a variety of urban-based forms of African-American popular music that began to appear during World War II and the immediate post-war years, or (2) all black popular music post-World War...

Blues

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver is a Fellow of Oxford Brookes University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Chris Smith

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Blues is an African-American musical genre which arose in the southern United States around the beginning of the twentieth century. With ragtime, jazz and gospel music it was part of a rich growth in African-American musical...