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Voices of the Mississippi Blues   

Dec/19/2009 - Dec/19/2009
Location: Cover to Cover Books - 401 Main Street

Don't miss this book signing opportunity.

An extraordinary book on the blues, with accompanying CD and DVD. Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues is a journey into the heart of Mississippi.

The voices, the faces, the gestures of the African-Americans living next to that great river are of a rare beauty. The authenticity of their speech and of their chanting leads us to the mysterious origins of the blues.

Author William Ferris is a folklorist blessed with an unbelievable talent. The songs on the CD are superb: the Gospel singing of the Chapman Family, the inmates chanting at Parchman Prison, the lively and humorous songs of Scott Dunbar, or the moving voice of James Son Thomas touch us most profoundly with that pervasive pain that they encompass, and by the genuine humanity that they evoke. These stories of this people of the blues so brilliantly captured by William Ferris, as well as the photographs and film of a truly rare quality, offer up to us a most complete experience of a supremely universal music.

The blues is much more than a musical style. It contains the history of a people that was yoked to segregation and to economic and police injustice and violence; it laments the history of a humble people, of men and women kept at the margins of history.

The blues are at the same time the expression of a universal feeling. Shelby “Poppa Jazz” Brown explained that “you can get the blues about a woman, you go to kissing and hug her, and won't see her for three or four nights looking for her. You can get the blues there.” No wonder why the blues is a global music…

Each interview and each song testifies to William Ferris’s commitment to this world of the blues.


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