Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House
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R. Weinstock said Daniel Beaumont's fine biography of Son House. I finished reading the Son House biography, "Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House" by Daniel Beaumont and while I intend to do a lengthier review, I thought it would serve to state my brief impressions. He makes use of much of the existing published material as well as some unpublished material such as stuff he has derived from the late Stephen Calt's research. Thankfully the book is evenly written and lacks the nasty potshots that Calt was capable of taking ag. "If only he stayed sober." according to J Wasko. Recently, the State of Mississippi installed an extensive set of historic markers throughout the State. It is called the Mississippi Blues Trail. By traveling around the State, and with a good guide book, one can get a sense of the importance of Mississippi in the development of Blues and Rock & Roll in the early to mid twentieth century. The area north of Clarksdale to Memphis was Son House's stomping grounds. That area, roughly called Robinsonville-Tunica Resorts, is an area. Blues Roots This was a great read! I couldn't leave it alone! From a preacher to Father of the Blues, Son House did it all! Especially interesting, to me, was the interaction & connection between the early blues artists, in a time with primitive transportation & communication. A very well written and interesting book.
Beaumont gives a detailed and perceptive account of House's primary musical legacy: his recordings for Paramount in 1930 and for the Library of Congress in 1941-42. (1902 - 1988). Drinking, womanizing, and singing the blues caused this tension that is palpable in his music, and becomes explicit in one of his finest performances, "Preachin' the Blues." Large parts of House's life are obscure, not least because his own accounts of them were inconsistent. In the course of his research Beaumont has unearthed not only connections among the many scattered facts and fictions but new information about a rumoured murder in Mississippi, and a charge of manslaughter on Long Island - in
Cross, The Seattle Times. "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
Daniel Beaumont teaches courses on Arabic language and literature and the blues at the University of Rochester. He produced and directed "So Much Truth" a documentary about bluesman Joe Beard. He is the author of Slave of Desire: Sex, Love and Death in The 1001 Nights (Associated University Presses 2002). He also worked as chief observer on a rain making project in Libya and he