From the list on the crossroads of music, culture, history, and place.
Who am I?
An academically trained historian, I'm a Music Obsessive/History Geek/Southerner/Guitarist/Public Historian/Teacher/Interpreter/Writer/Fan who studies the intersection of music, culture, history, and place. I grew up devouring Mom’s Beatles and Dad’s country records. My life changed in 6th grade when I got my first guitar and discovered the blues. In 7th grade I wrote a research paper on the hippies. That’s when I fell in love with the counterculture. Throughout my life I’ve interwoven my love of the blues, punk rock, the Allman Brothers Band, and the Jam Depression collective as a historian, fan, and musician. My enduring passion culminated in a Ph.D. and the publication of Play All Night! Duane Allman and the Journey to Fillmore East.
Bob's book list on the crossroads of music, culture, history, and place
Why did Bob love this book?
The blues grabbed me somewhere between getting my first guitar and Dad’s scratchy copy of B.B. King’s Live at Cook County Jail.
I simply had to learn more about this wonderful, mysterious music! Deep Blues delivered and it’s remained important to me since first encountering it at the local library. Palmer placed the blues of Muddy Waters in context for me. I learned blues was “a continuation of deep and tenacious African traditions and a creative response to a brutal, desperate situation.”
Tracing the music’s roots in African griot culture, Palmer documents its wider, international cultural connotations in the 20th century. Ultimately, he finds blues at the root of the truest American musical forms: jazz. A bonus: Palmer’s time as a musician on the southern chitlin’ circuit gives him instant credibility with his interviewees and his audience.
Crossroads: African American history, Southern history, the Great Migration