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The Story of Boogie-Woogie


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Peter J. Silvester, retired, was a record reviewer for Jazz Journal International and Storyville magazines, and wrote liner notes for several boogie-woogie records produced by Honky Tonk Productions.


Perhaps the most valuable aspect of [the book] is the insight it provides into the style's beginnings in Southern turpentine and logging camps, an obscure world brought to life admirably by Peter J. Silvester... [F]uture scholars will find little to add to what will surely stand as the first and last word, lovingly spoken, on an American cultural phenomenon. * The New York Times *
I read your book and enjoyed it tremendously. The Story of Boogie-Woogie helps to properly document the history of this very important music. I have been greatly inspired by Pete Johnson and Albert Ammons and the great circle of brilliant composers and players in their school. I too want to celebrate their music, which is wonderful and timeless. You have my best wishes for success with this worthwhile book. -- Jools Holland, Boogie-woogie composer and musician
Recommended. * CHOICE, March 2010 *
.... this scholarly book is essential reading for serious fans of jazz and blues piano. * Blues Revue, May 2010 *
The author's love and enthusiasm for the music overcomes, as far as is possible, the difficulty of recreating in writing the joy that many of us experienced as we found and heard, one at a time, the musicians and recordings described.... Peter Silvester has created a truly admirable work that aids us as we attempt to hold and renew the spirit of boogie woogie. * The Mississippi Rag *
Silvester assumes the task of telling the full story of boogie-woogie, from its undocumented beginnings to the present, and he starts off well. The book is organized roughly chronologically....Its coverage is broad and it contains an immense amount of information. * Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association *
[The Story of Boogie Woogie] is truly a definitive account of this basic style of piano blues that, not incidentally, formed the basis of r&b and rock. The author not only provides LP and CD sources for titles he discusses as the text proceeds but closes the volume with a 30-page chapter on record labels that lists important releases from the 1920s to the 2000s. There are photos, including some marvelous scenes from the early years of boogie woogie, an appendix of bass patterns, a bibliography, and index. -- W. Royal Stokes

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