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Au contraire! This is the first survey-type of blues review which does justice to disparate blues streams such as blues shouters (barely touched on in Cohn's book) and boogie woogie, as well as Delta blues and obscure East Texas singers of the Twenties.
The Encyclopedia is well-organized, with fine summary essays on various blues streams so that the reader can follow developments on different fronts without having to turn back and forth between essays on individuals. There is a generous serving of individual biographical sketches as well, and Gerard does us the favor of pointing out when certain blues artists are following in the footsteps of others.
He also does a good job of including glancing references to less well-known blues artists who are worth investigating later in yours blues journey.
All in all an excellent reference work with plenty to interest the casual blues fan.
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PS - I'm reviewing this from the point of view of a director. For actors or literature students or everyday readers, it is obviously a different matter.
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Because, nowadays, I'm listening to his symphonies conducted by Georg Tintner.
Especially, chapter 4 of Part I is very impressive showing the annexation with NAZI.
But, I feel that this book is more general than I thought before I purchase it. Then, I can not rate this book as 'Five Stars'.
Anyway, this book should be helpful to who wants to know about the composer or the Man (Anton Bruckner).
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