The author does an outstanding job within the 125 page limit prescribed for oxford university presss very short introduction series of presenting a thorough overview of american blues. The blues a very short introduction elijah wald bio robert johnson dave van ronk narcocorrido hitchhikingbeatles pop book other writing african guitar cds other cd projects joseph spence the blues a very short introduction oxford university press 2010 the most illuminating short treatment of the blues ever published. The blues a very short introduction surveys a genre which lies at the heart of american culture blues is more of a broad musical tradition than a musical genre with a constantly evolving pop culture it explores its roots in work and praise songs and its popularization by w c handy. The blues a very short introduction elijah wald praised as suave soulful ebullient tom waits and a meticulous researcher a graceful writer and a committed contrarian new york times book review elijah wald is one of the leading popular music critics of his generation in the blues wald surveys a genre at the heart of american . Blues and jazz explores the connection between blues and jazz both blues and jazz have been closely intertwined since their inception when jazz became nationally successful new orleans blues was the main repertoire in the 1940s and 1950s jazz was split into two camps those that favoured the new orleans style and those that preferred a more modernist sound ray charles
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