The History of the Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People is a book that discusses the history of blues music focusing on how perceptions of race contributed to the people’s views on music. The author opted to talk about blues as a separate genre from jazz and rock ‘n’ roll and not just a phase in the music history that preceded these two musical categories. People who played important roles in blues music are also mentioned as well as contemporary artists that made huge contributions to the industry as well.
Readers will a have fresher view regarding blues music as the author diverts from what the other writers believe. In addition, they will gain insight as the book discusses how blues music is more complex socially and musically than what is normally perceived by most people. It is interesting to not how the author tries to answer the questions concerning the origins and fate of blues. Fans of blues music and musicians will be delighted to read some new theories about the blues and black music. One can sense the author’s respect for people who played important roles in the development of blues as music as something that is part of the American history and culture.
Because of the way the author discusses his theories and opinions, some readers may think that the book lacks emotion considering that the genre of music it is talking about is always associated with expression of strong emotions. For some, the topics indicated in the book may come across as too broad for debate. In addition, readers who do not know much about blues music may trouble understanding the contents of the book. Lastly, some may be misled by the book’s title as the book does not specifically focuses on the history of blues music.