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Author Alger, Dean.

Title Original Guitar Hero and the Power of Music : the Legendary Lonnie Johnson, Music, and Civil Rights
Published Denton : University of North Texas Press, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (384 pages)
Series North Texas lives of musicians series ; number 8
North Texas lives of musicians series ; no. 8
Contents List of Illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. The Legendary Lonnie Johnson-One of the Most Important Musicians of the 20th Century; Musicians and Progress on Civil Rights; 2. New Orleans Music; 3. St. Louis Blues; 4. Playing with the Strings, Part 1; 5. Playing with the Strings, Part 2; 6. Workin' Man; Chicago Blues; 7. Rhythm & Blues; 8. Blues Revival in the '60s: Comeback Again; 9. The Legacy of Lonnie J: The Guitar in 20th Century Music; Appendix I: Lyrics to Alger tribute song: "The Legendary Lonnie J" .; Appendix II: Blues, Jazz, and Their Significance
Musicians and Civil Rights and Alger's review of Sidney Bechet's instrumental recording of "Strange Fruit"Appendix III: Guide to Recordings by Lonnie Johnson and Relevant Others; Notes; Bibliography; Subject Index; Song Index
Summary Lonnie Johnson (1894-1970) was a virtuoso guitarist who influenced generations of musicians from Django Reinhardt to Eric Clapton to Bill Wyman and especially B.B. King. Born in New Orleans, he began playing violin and guitar in his father's band at an early age. When most of his family was wiped out by the 1918 flu epidemic, he and his surviving brother moved to St. Louis, where he won a blues contest that included a recording contract. His career was launched. Johnson can be heard on many Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong records, including the latter's famous "Savoy Blues" with the Hot
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Johnson, Lonnie, 1894-1970.
African American guitarists -- Biography.
African American musicians -- Biography.
African Americans -- Civil rights.
Blues musicians -- United States -- Biography.
Music and race -- United States.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1306924324 (ebk)
1574415468 (cloth ;) (alk. paper)
1574415565 (electronic bk.)
9781306924320 (ebk)
9781574415469 (cloth ;) (alk. paper)
9781574415568 (electronic bk.)