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Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (Anglais) Relié – 15 septembre 2009

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"These voices express the blues in a deep and truthful way. They touched my heart." --B. B. King

"Like Bill Ferris, I grew up in Mississippi. My life is continually shaped by the blues. This book captures those rich voices so well." --Morgan Freeman

"For blues lovers who love their experience pure and strong. . . . Joyous, powerful and authentic, this package is designed to both inform and entertain those willing to plunge into this audacious world." --Publishers Weekly

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This title presents a multimedia introduction to the blues and its roots. Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, folklorist William Ferris toured his home state of Mississippi, documenting the voices of African Americans as they spoke about and performed the diverse musical traditions that form the authentic roots of the blues. Now, "Give My Poor Heart Ease" puts front and center a searing selection of the artistically and emotionally rich voices from this invaluable documentary record. Illustrated with Ferris' photographs of the musicians and their communities and including a dual CD/DVD that presents his original field recordings and films, the book features more than twenty interviews relating frank, dramatic, and engaging narratives about black life and blues music in the heart of the American South. Here are the stories of artists who have long memories and speak eloquently about their lives, blues musicians who represent a wide range of musical traditions - from one-strand instruments, bottle-blowing, and banjo to spirituals, hymns, and prison work chants. Celebrities such as B.B. King and Willie Dixon along with performers known best in their neighborhoods express the full range of human and artistic experience - joyful and gritty, raw and painful. In an autobiographical introduction, Ferris reflects on how he fell in love with the vibrant musical culture that was all around him but was considered off limits to a white Mississippian during a troubled era. This magnificent volume brings to life blues music, the broader African American experience, and indeed the history and culture of America itself.

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NB La traduction en 2013 du maître-ouvrage de William Ferris, Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues, sous le titre Les Voix du Mississippi, fait figure d'authentique événement éditorial. Si ce livre dans sa version française est indiqué ici comme indisponible, il faut savoir qu'il n'en est rien et que c'est uniquement parce que ce jeune éditeur, Papa Guédé, a pour l'instant choisi de distribuer lui-même son premier ouvrage publié qu'il ne se trouve pas partout. La qualité de l'ouvrage, que je vais détailler ci-dessous, vaut amplement qu'on le cherche activement. Il est de toute façon relativement aisé de mettre la main dessus car l'éditeur a un site où il indique toutes les librairies où l'on peut trouver l'ouvrage, sans compter que l'on peut demander à son libraire qu'il appelle l'éditeur afin qu'il mette le livre en dépôt chez lui. Pour information (et pour éviter de l'acheter à un prix prohibitif), son prix public est de 38 euros.


Dans le sillage des Lomax père et fils, William Ferris est devenu folkloriste, collecteur de musiques traditionnelles et singulièrement de toutes les formes du blues du delta du Mississippi. Mais aussi cinéaste et comme Alan Lomax (
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Un ouvrage essentiel lorsque l'on aime le BLues. Le livre est très beau avec ses témoignages de blues singers du Mississippi et les dvd sont absolument fabuleux. Les films tournés dans les années 60 nous emmènent au coeur du blues et de son esence.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book 3 décembre 2009
Par Dr Tom Clark - Publié sur
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Kudos to William Ferris for this book. It is clearly a labor of love for him. I was drawn to this work after hearing Ferris in an 10 minute long NPR piece on "All Things Considered" (see/hear at [...]). As a young student Ferris visited backwoods towns along US61 from Memphis south to the LA border. He documents the unknown blues singers he met along the way. And he tells about his long-standing friendship with the legendary BB King fantastic stories! The book is accompanied with a CD of collected music and a DVD documenting his finds.

If you are a fan of Blues performed by the black inventors of the art form, then read/hear the NPR clip and I predict you will find this book to be a "must have"!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A book that sings. 21 novembre 2009
Par Woodshed - Publié sur
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Muddy Waters: Live on TourThe Howlin' Wolf Story - The Secret History of Rock & RollThe Essential Albert King: A Step-by-Step Breakdown of the Styles and Techniques of a Blues and Soul LegendThe Best of Peter Green's Fleetwood MacThe Essential Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double TroubleJimi Hendrix: BluesThe Complete RecordingsFounder of the Delta BluesThe Original Delta BluesBlind Willie Johnson and the Guitar EvangelistsBlowin' the BluesAlligator Records 20th Anniversary CollectionThe book is a real treasure, if you're a hard core blues fan or just plain want to catch an intimate view of one of America's most important musical creations. It is written by a true scholar of this genre that was the foundation of both jazz and rock and roll. This is not just another large magazine but rather a spot on look at the fore runners of all that is today's music here and certainly in the UK. All of the super bands like the Rolling Stones, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, and so many others mined the simple 9 part scale and created an industry. Mr. Ferris is first a foremost a folklorist with many books under his southern belt. He edited "The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture" an enormous undertaking and a must have. It comes as little surprise that president Clinton appointed him as National Chairman for the Endowment of the Humanities. I'm from Chicago where the Mississippi delta blues transformed in to electric Blues of Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and Buddy Guy. This latest book somehow captures the delta where Mr. Ferris is from.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 ESSENTIAL! 17 mai 2010
Par paul vernon - Publié sur
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William Ferris's book is a summary of 40 years of his field research, offering elegantly written portraits of the people and places he spent so much time amongst in the 1960's and beyond. His patch was, essentially, Mississippi and his self-defined brief was to capture the fast-dissapearing history of traditional blues and gospel by any means at his disposal. This included interviews, photos, taped performances and sound films. Unusual for the time, and now, four decades later, the five films are of especially great value. Moreover, they are all included here in DVD format, accompanied by a selection of field recordings on a CD, both packaged into the back of the book. So essentialy you have a multi-media product to absorb; words, photographic images, sound recordings and films, including the one which, in my view, is the best single documentary about what the blues actually means. At 21 minutes, his 1975 color film "Give My Poor Heart Ease" is the ideal introduction to the real purpose and underlying meaning of the Blues as catharsis for its original community, rather than mass entertainment. Ther are no California Rayban-wearing harp players here, just honest folk playing honest music because they have to. Whatever your level of interest in the blues is, Ferris's new volume is one to get and absorb.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Must for Serious Blues Lovers 16 septembre 2010
Par J. Williams - Publié sur
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Bill Ferris, the former director of NEH and a professor of History at the University of North Carolina,is a highly respected scholar in the field of Oral History. This book belongs on the shelf of every serious student of Folklore and ethnomusicology or anyone who likes music, especially the Blues. So well written and easy to read, the words slide off the pages and take you back to a time when great Blues singers were as common as Cottonmouths in the Mississippi Delta. Dr. Ferris shares his life and the lives of the seminal Blues musicians with his readers. This book is oral history the way it should be written. Ferris spent many years of his life recording the interviews in this book with the all-time great Blues musicians, like B.B. King. From cover to cover it reads like fiction, but every inch of it is true. We all know that a storyteller like a good Blues singer never lies or "spins a yarn"! The CD and DVD that accompany the book are extra icing on the cake. I hear that if you get the IPAD version the print magically turns into video at critical junctures in the stories. The long list of Bill Ferris's accomplishments reads like a who's who of Delta scholarship. If you want to understand the Blues from Mississippi to Chicago to the present day, this is the book to read. Early in the first chapter the author fades into the shadows and allows the musicians to tell their own unique stories. The key word in the title is "Voices". The author's skill as oral historian is to allow the voices of so many truly exceptional musicians to shout and holler, weep and moan, blending into one powerful tradition that has entertained this nation as long a people have eeked out a living as slaves, tenant farmers and laborers in the great delta of the Mississippi River that Bill Ferris is proud to call his home. Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 for blues hounds everywhere 17 janvier 2010
Par Mme Linda Watten - Publié sur
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This is an essential book for blues lovers. It traces the birth of Mississippi Delta blues, arguably the birthplace of American blues. There is an extended section on the influence of prisoners who were in Parchman Farm prison, made immortal by a song by Mose Allison years later. I highly recommend it.
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