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Charles Keil

Urban Blues

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Minimum Bid $3.95
Time Left 20 Days 18 hrs (Oct 15, 2021)
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Item Location San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, 94104
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Item Number sku24
Physical Grade A :: B See Description :: See Description
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Urban Blues by Charles Keil, paperback eiditon.

Condtion: Good (see image for blemishes). Black magic marker line on inside frontispiece.

Illustrated with photos. Small sticker scar on upper right front cover. Similar mark on lower spine.

Charles Keil examines the expressive role of blues bands and performers and stresses the intense interaction between performer and audience. Profiling bluesmen Bobby Bland and B. B. King, Keil argues that they are symbols for the black community, embodying important attitudes and roles—success, strong egos, and close ties to the community. While writing Urban Blues in the mid-1960s, Keil optimistically saw this cultural expression as contributing to the rising tide of raised political consciousness in Afro-America. His new Afterword examines black music in the context of capitalism and black culture in the context of worldwide trends toward diversification.

"Enlightening. . . . [Keil] has given a provocative indication of the role of the blues singer as a focal point of ghetto community expression."—John S. Wilson, New York Times Book Review 
"A terribly valuable book and a powerful one. . . . Keil is an original thinker and . . . has offered us a major breakthrough."—Studs Terkel, Chicago Tribune

 

 

 

 

 

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