Extract of a letter from Paul Oliver to Max Haymes.....
want to tell you how impressed I am by the work that you've done. It seems a
fascinating book, and you've mapped a very clear route, or routes, through a
complex subject. Your selection of items quoted is very good and relevant, based
on years of listening no doubt. I thought that the illustrations are most
apposite, and you've found some interesting ads and ephemera. Congratulations,
Paul Oliver, November 2006
Extract of a review by Paul Vernon.....
"What Max Haymes has
attempted to do here - successfully in my view - is explore the relationship
between an emerging technology and an emerging music; how the blues was affected
by railroad work and travel, how African American lives benefited and sometimes
suffered as a result of both; how the blues was, in part, shaped by the
opportunities that rail travel - paid or not - offered and how that experience
shaped their reflections, caught in the lyrical images preserved on early blues
..........this is neither a volume for the novice or
casual reader, and even committed fans are faced with a serious, in-depth
narrative. I have no problem with this, for many books about the blues published
this last decade or so have been pretty facile and in some cases should have
been strangled at birth. This is not one of them. With a good selection of
relevant illustrations, very accurate indexing, an accessible and relevant
discography, I would recommend this to anyone serious about the subject. Perhaps
the best praise I can offer is that it often felt like I was reading a Paul
Paul Vernon, March 2007
Extract of a letter from Bob Hall
to Max Haymes.....
your book was very well researched, full of interesting facts, and I enjoyed it
immensely. I'm sure it will become a standard work of reference in the future".
Bob Hall, November 2006
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