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              Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest
               

              Odetta: A Life in Music and Protest (Hardback)

              By Zack, Ian

              • RRP: $55.00
              • $55.00
              • Pub Date
                14 Apr 20

              The first in-depth biography of Odetta, the legendary singer and Voice of the Civil Rights Movement who combatted racism and prejudice through her music. A leader of the 1960s folk revival, Odetta is one of the most important singers of the last 100 years. Her music has influence...d a huge number of artists over many decades, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Judy Collins, Janis Joplin, the Kinks, Carly Simon, Jewel and, more recently, Rhiannon Giddens and Miley Cyrus. But Odetta's importance extends far beyond music. Journalist Ian Zack follows Odetta from her beginnings in a deeply segregated Birmingham, Alabama to stardom in Los Angeles, where she helped the national heal after 9/11 through her music. It's hard to imagine the Civil Rights Movement without her opera-trained voice echoing at the March on Washington, the Selma to Montgomery march, and countless other rallies and protests, large and small. Odetta channeled her anger and shame into some the most powerful folk music the nation has ever heard. Through her lyrics and iconic persona, Odetta influenced lasting political, social, and cultural change. Through interviews with Joan Baez, Harry Belafonte, Judy Collins, Carly Simon, and many more, Ian Zack brings Odetta back into the spotlight, reminding the world of the folk music that powered the Civil Rights Movement and continues to influence generations of musicians today.
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              ISBN 9780807035320
              Released NZ 14 Apr 2020
              Publisher Beacon Press
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              Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis

              Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis (Hardback)

              By Zack, Ian

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              Who was the greatest of all American guitarists? Bob Dylan called Davis one of the wizards of modern music. This book takes readers through Davis' difficult beginning as the blind son of sharecroppers in the Jim Crow South to his decision to become an ordained Baptist minister an...d his move to New York in the early 1940s, and more.
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              ISBN 9780226234106
              Released NZ 15 Apr 2015
              Publisher FOOTPRINT BOOKS
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              Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis
               

              Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Zack, Ian

              • RRP: $51.50
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              • Internationally sourced

              Although the Reverend Gary Davis was one of the greatest blues and ragtime guitarists of the twentieth century, he has not yet received the widespread recognition that contemporaries such as Mississippi John Hurt and Robert Johnson have been able to attain. This is not to say tha...t the Rev, as he was known, was underappreciated by the musicians he influenced or taught. Bob Dylan called him one of the wizards of modern music, while his one-time students, musicians Stefan Grossman and David Bromberg, are still teaching his musical techniques. Say No to the Devil brilliantly recounts the life and musical career of Reverend Gary Davis, from his harrowing beginnings as the blind son of sharecroppers, to his time as one of the virtuosos of the New York 1950s and '60s folk scene. Davis possessed stunning guitar technique, and his incredibly versatile repertoire embraced blues, gospel, minstrel tunes, ragtime, bluegrass, and early jazz. Leaving South Carolina an ordained Baptist minister, Davis came to New York in 1951, where he sang and preached for nickels and dimes on street corners and in storefront churches in Harlem and around the city. Drawing on his conversations with figures from the Folk Revival in New York and Cambridge, Zack chronicles Davis's entry into a circle of musicians that included Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, and Dave van Ronk. His music and virtuosity finally began to become known both here and in England; Davis played at the Newport Folk Festival. But his late career as a concert performer also coincided with increasing problems with alcohol, women, and deteriorating health. The eminent folklorist, Alan Lomax called Davis one of the really great geniuses of American instrumental music.
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              ISBN 9780226380988
              Released NZ 15 Mar 2016
              Publisher The University of Chicago Pres
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