Chas McDevitt: Skiffle - The Definitive Inside Story by Chas McDevitt
(1997/Robson Books) English, Hardback w.dustjacket/Gebunden mit Schutzumschlag, 17x24 cm, 294 pages, rare b&w illustrations. Foreword by Mark Knopfler and George Harrison. Few stock copies of the 1997 original version!
Skiffle is the first book in 40 years to document the rise and fall
of the Skiffle craze that began in the 1950s. Written by one of the
original 'Skiffle Kings', it is a first-hand account of the Skiffle
phenomenon from its formative days in jazz clubs and coffee bars to
international acclaim in places such as the Royal Festival Hall and the
Ed Sullivan Show.
The origins of Skiffle lay in the music of the
migrant workers of the 1920s and 30s who had left their homes in the
southern states of America seeking work in the more affluent and less
prejudiced cities of the north, such as New York, St Louis and Chicago.
Carrying their musical heritage with them, whether it was the
Mississippi blues, the work song or the barrelhouse ballad, a wealth of
household `instruments' augmented the ever-present guitar and piano,
including the washboard, gut bucket or the tea chest bass.
it was Lonnie Donegan's commercial success decades later with 'Rock
Island Line' that led to an explosion of interest in this forgotten
sound. Since then, its influence has been profound as many leading
musicians acknowledge in this book, including George Harrison, Mark
Knopfler, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison and Hank Marvin. In this
thoroughly comprehensive and extensively illustrated guide, Chas
McDevitt tells the inside story of this musical phenomenon, tracing its
development and remarkable impact on popular music.
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