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This study attempts to place jazz and the blues within the context of American social history. The author, Leroi Jones - also known as the poet Amiri Baraka - combines a knowledge of black American culture with his direct contact with many of the musicians who have provided the backbone to this vital strand of American 20th-century culture. This edition includes an introduction by the author in which he updates the book in order to take account of developments made in the past 30 years.

Blues People 1999, Harper Perennial, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780688184742

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Blues People 1995, Payback Press, Edinburgh

ISBN-13: 9780862415297

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