The Bessie Smith Companion


Bessie Smith Companion

The Bessie Smith Companion

by Edward Brooks

A critical and detailed appreciation of the recordings made between 1923 and 1933 by the foremost blues singer of her day.

This track by track analysis of her 159 recordings, as well as alternative takes and the soundtrack of her only film, goes into great musical depth (for the music cogniscenti), and even assesses the musicians who accompanied her. A labour of love – ‘no dry academic thesis, but the journal of a love affair’.

Large paperback, pp xix, 229, including a foreword by English jazz-blues singer George Melly.

This copy is in Fine, nearly-new condition.

Published by Bayou Press, 1989. First thus. ISBN 187147860X

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