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This is a book I’d always wanted to read but could never find. So I published it. I grew up listening to the British invasion bands who consciously modeled themselves on American blues, and only later got to hear the original artists whose music became suddenly accessible to a whole new audience and generation. John is a musician and rock critic who tells the story of these shifting crosscurrents beautifully, and peppers the biographies of a dozen artists with perfect little moments of storytelling. Kind of like the Blues.

by John Milward

illustrations by Margie Greve


How the Blues Shaped

Rock ‘n Roll

(and Rock Saved the Blues)


Northeastern University Press / UPNE

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