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The Blues Brothers

by:Landis, John, 1950-

Jake and Elwood Blues, two hoodlum brothers searching for redemption, set out to locate and reenlist the members of their defunct rhythm and blues band in order to raise some honest money.

Editions:234  Date:1978 - 2020  Rating:MPAA rating: Not rated ; original version rated R.  Genre(s):Feature films, Drama, Musical films, Musical films, Comedy films

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RL's dream

by:Mosley, Walter

When a black musician in New York is evicted for non-payment of rent, a white woman living in the same apartment block takes him in. He is Soupspoon Wise, a gentle jazz guitarist from Mississippi who has cancer. She is Kiki Waters, a drinking, swearing redhead from Arkansas who works on Wall Street. The novel traces their menage.

Editions:32  Date:1995 - 2010  Genre(s):Musical fiction, Blues (Music), Blues (Music), Mystery fiction

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Clayton Byrd goes underground

by:Williams-Garcia, Rita

Clayton feels most alive when he's with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen -- he can't wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton's mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that's no way to live. Armed with his grandfather's brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. But on the journey that takes him through the New York City subways and to Washington Square Park, Clayton learns some things that surprise him.

Editions:15  Date:2017 - 2018  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Bildungsromans, Blues (Music), Blues (Music)

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Lady sings the blues

by:Furie, Sidney J.

Diana Ross stars in this musical drama charting the life of Billie Holiday, a life tormented by racism and drug abuse.

Editions:39  Date:1972 - 2018  Rating:MPAA rating: R.  Genre(s):Biographical films, Biographical films, Feature films, Biographical films, Drama

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Cadillac Records

by:Martin, Darnell

Chess Records was located on the south side of Chicago. In 1947, it began recording blues music with Muddy Waters and Little Walter. This eventually gave birth to rock and roll in 1955 with Chuck Berry. Record producer Leonard Chess has an ear for this different type of music and believes he can cash in by signing up new talent such as songwriter Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, and Etta James. Chess makes all of his artists part of his family and takes care of them. This is not easy since they spend a small fortune on booze, drugs, and the high life. When Chuck Berry goes to jail, Leonard is able to find another talented performer, Etta James, to take his place. In the late sixties, as their music goes out of favor, Leonard Chess gets out of the record business.

Editions:43  Date:2004 - 2015  Rating:MPAA rating: R; for pervasive language and some sexuality.  Genre(s):Feature films, Musical films, Musical films, Drama, Musical films

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Wild women don't have the blues

by:Dall, Christine

Through historic performances and recordings, captures the spirit of such pioneering blueswomen as Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox, and others.

Editions:23  Date:1989 - 2012  Rating:Senior high school through college students and adults.  Genre(s):Nonfiction films, Nonfiction films, Biographies, Music, Documentary films

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The blues of Flats Brown

by:Myers, Walter Dean

To escape an abusive master, a junkyard dog named Flats runs away and makes a name for himself from Mississippi to New York City playing blues on his guitar.

Editions:14  Date:1901 - 2019  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Blues (Music), Blues (Music), Picture books

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Langston Hughes & the blues

by:Tracy, Steven C. (Steven Carl), 1954-

Drawing on a deep understanding of the shades and structure of the blues, Steven C. Tracy elucidates the vital relationship between this musical form and the art of Langston Hughes, preeminent poet of the Harlem Renaissance. Tracy provides a cultural context for the poet's work and shows how Hughes mined African-American oral and literary traditions to create his blues-inspired poetry. Through a detailed comparison of Hughes's poems to blues texts, Tracy demonstrates how the poetics, structures, rhythms, and musical techniques of the blues are reflected in Hughes's experimental forms. -- From publisher's description.

Editions:12  Date:1988 - 2001  Genre(s):Folklore, Criticism, interpretation, etc, History, Music, Folklore

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Baby's got the blues

by:Shields, Carol Diggory

The author gives a tip of the hat to B.B. King in an ode to the blues and babyhood.

Editions:9  Date:2014 - 2015  Type:Juvenile  Genre(s):Juvenile works, Stories in rhyme, Stories in rhyme, Blues (Music), Blues (Music)

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What happened, Miss Simone?

by:Garbus, Liz

Profiles the life and career of American singer Nina Simone.

Editions:30  Date:1871 - 2016  Rating:Not rated.  Genre(s):Biographies, Documentary films, Biographical films, Nonfiction films, Concert films

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