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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


Ma Rainey's black bottom : a play in two acts

by:Wilson, August

In a 1927 recording session in Chicago, Ma Rainey and her band try to avoid being victimized by the white music industry.

Editions:40  Date:1981 - 2019  Genre(s):Drama, Historical drama, Historical drama, Historical drama, Biographical drama


Seven guitars

by:Wilson, August

In the spring of 1948, in the still-cool evenings of Pittsburgh's Hill district, familiar sounds fill the air. A rooster crows. Screen doors slam. There's the laughter of friends gathered for a backyard card game rising just above the wail of a mother who has lost her son. And there's the sound of the blues, played and sung by young men and women with little more than a guitar in their hands and a dream in their hearts. August Wilson's Seven Guitars is the sixth chapter in the continuing theatrical saga that explores the hope, heartbreak, and heritage of the African-American experience in the twentieth century. The story follows a small group of friends who gather following the untimely death of Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton, a local blues guitarist on the edge of stardom. Together, they revisit his short life, reminisce about the good times they shared, and discover the unspoken passions and undying spirit that live within each of them

Editions:39  Date:1994 - 2014  Genre(s):Drama, Historical drama, Historical drama, Historical drama, scripts (documents)


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


The Supremes sing the happy heartache blues : a novel

by:Moore, Edward Kelsey

"From the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, an exuberant and poignant new novel of passions, family, and forgiveness. When a late life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman's Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for stationing herself at the edge of the club's parking lot and yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the departing patrons, their wedding summons a legend to town. Mr. El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, comes home to give a command performance in Plainview, Indiana, a place he'd sworn--and for good reason--he'd never set foot in again. But El is not the only Plainview native with a hurdle to overcome. A wildly philandering husband struggles at last to prove his faithfulness to the wife he's always loved. A young transwoman lights out for show biz and Chicago to escape her father's wrath and live an authentic life. And among those in this tightly knit community who show up every Sunday after church for lunch at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat, are the lifelong friends, known locally as "The Supremes"--Clarice, facing down her longing for, chance at and fear of a great career; Barbara Jean, grappling at last with the loss of a mother whose life humiliated both of them, and Odette, reaching toward her husband through an anger of his that she does not understand. Ed Moore's lively cast of characters, each of whom have surmounted serious trouble and come into love, need not learn how to survive but how, fully, to live. And they do, every one of them, serenaded by the bittersweet and unforgettable blues song El Walker plays, born of his own great loss and love"-- Provided by publisher.

Editions:18  Date:2017 - 2019  Genre(s):Domestic fiction, Domestic fiction, Chick lit


Genghis blues

by:Belic, Roko

The story of a Paul Pena, a blind American blues musician, and his trek to Tuva to live among its inhabitants and compete in their triennial khoomei (throat singing) contest. He is accompanied by a documentary film team and Tuvinian throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar.

Editions:20  Date:1997 - 2008  Rating:MPAA rating: Not rated.  Genre(s):Documentary films, Biographies, Nonfiction films, Feature films, Feature films


Black Snake Moan

by:Brewer, Craig

Lazarus is an extremely religious man who is broken hearted after his wife leaves him for his own brother. Rae is the town slut, apparently afflicted with the "disease" of uncontrollable nymphomania. After a night of hard partying and sleeping around, Rae, is beaten up and left by the roadside near Lazarus' house. Lazarus takes her in and chains her to his radiator while trying to "cure" her insatiability. Eventually, the two become friends and help each other recover from their extremes of lust and piety to become more balanced individuals.

Editions:37  Date:2006 - 2017  Rating:MPAA rating: R; for strong sexual content, language, some violence, and drug use.  Genre(s):Drama, Feature films, Feature films, Melodrama, Melodrama


Love in Vain : a Vision of Robert Johnson

by:Greenberg, Alan

Robert Johnson was undoubtedly the most outstanding of the Mississippi Delta blues musicians and also one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but his short life remains steeped in mystery and wrapped in some of the most enduring legends of modern music. Love in Vain is Alan Greenberg's remarkable, highly acclaimed, and genre-defying screenplay and is widely considered to be one of the foremost books on Robert Johnson's life and legacy and an extraordinary exercise in American mythmaking. Newly revised and complete with extensive historical notes on Johnso.

Editions:13  Date:1983 - 2012  Genre(s):Drama


Crossroad blues : a Nick Travers mystery

by:Atkins, Ace

New Orleans blues historian Nick Travers investigates the disappearance of a music professor. The case is linked to the unsolved murder, half a century earlier of a famous blues guitarist, Robert Johnson.

Editions:30  Date:1998 - 2018  Genre(s):Mystery fiction, Detective and mystery fiction, Comics (Graphic works), Graphic novels, Graphic novels



by:Dubus, Andre, 1959-

In the summer of 1967, Vietnam seems a long way off to eighteen-year-old amateur blues musician Leo Suther. With one more year of high school to go he still has a lot to learn. He finds himself in the middle of a consuming love affair with Allie Donovan, and an intense testing of his political values by her father, who challenges him on the escalating Vietnam conflict and forces him to examine just where he stands in relation to the people in his life, especially Allie. -- From back cover.

Editions:20  Date:1993 - 2010  Genre(s):Musical fiction, Bildungsromans, Bildungsromans, War fiction, War fiction


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