The Blues: A Visual History tells about the history of blues music and how it became the precursor for jazz, R&B, rock, punk, and country. Each facet of blues music is explored as it penetrated the lives of most American homes. Pertinent people that had important roles in the development of blues music are also given some spots on the book like Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, Bessie Smith, and John Lee Hooker. In addition to these people, more artists are included and important information regarding the history of blues music supplement the contents of the book.
Blues music fanatics will love how the book discusses the history of blue starting from its origins up to the different phases it underwent as it evolved into other genres of music. In addition, there are sections that provide blues playlist, bibliographies, and lots of photographs that will capture the eyes of the readers.
For the experts or for those who are well-adept in the history of blues music may think that the information presented in the book is already common and can be found on any other book about blues. Those who are looking for more in-depth discussions may not like that the book is filled with a lot of pictures.
Library Journal claims that The Blues is the most comprehensive book about blues music produced after a very long time. They recommend it to people who are just starting to learn about the genre. The periodical applauds the sections about the origins and what has been the fate of blues music. In addition, the photographs will be an eye candy for those who want to visualize the history of blues.