texas blues: the rise of a contemporary sound
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Book by noted author Alan Govenar features a nice chapter on Sonny Boy Terry. Recommended for all blues lovers.

Govenar's book is the most compehensive ever on Texas blues. It contains a wealth of information, entertainingly presented, and great photos as well.

A couple of reviews, from Library Journal:

Govenar, Alan. Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound. Texas A&M Univ. (John & Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music). 2008.  As this massive, vibrant, and colorful study shows, the importance of Texas Blues is demonstrated by the number of musicians who have practiced or are practicing this art. The coverage is expansive, with introductory essays, interviews conducted by Govenar and others, and a wealth of photographs. Govenar (Meeting the Blues) manages to profile an amazing number of guitarists, pianists, singers, and others, both well known and obscure, who show how much pioneering blues musicians like T-Bone Walker and Lightnin' Hopkins influenced their own development. The discussion of the role played by tiny establishments, radio stations, country music, and several key record labels is particularly enlightening. These vignettes, along with a carefully chosen discography and bibliography, contribute to making this a special book on the blues field, particularly its Texas developments. Recommended for all libraries, especially those with large music holdings.--William G. Kenz, Minnesota State Univ., Moorhead

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