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Blues: The British Connection - Bob Brunning

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Blues: The British Connection (1986) - Bob Brunning

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Bo Street Runners, Chicken Shack, Eric (Patrick) Clapton, Eric (Patrick) Clapton, Cyril Davies, Spencer Davis (David Nelson Davies), Georgie Fame, Fleetwood Mac, (William) Rory Gallagher, Dave Kelly, Alexis Korner, Manfred Mann, Johnny Mars, John Mayall, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, The Animals, The Blues Band, The Graham Bond Organisation, The Pretty Things, The Rolling Stones, The/John Lee's Groundhogs, Mike Vernon, Diz Watson

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Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green, Danny Kirwan, Dave Mason, Christine McVie, John McVie, Stevie Nicks, Jeremy Spencer, Dave Walker, Bob Welch, Bob Weston

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Hard Cover/Paperback

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Kathryn S. A. Booth (Cover Design By), Billings Ltd. (Printed By), Graphicraft Typesetters Ltd. (Typeset By), Dave Peabody (Cover Photograph By)

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Blandford Press/Sterling Publi

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In Britain, Blues music has long been championed and its artists revered, especially after the first UK tours under the auspices of Chris Barber and the encouragement of the late Alexis Korner. This explosion of beat music in the sixties produced many fine blues and r 'n' b bands like Manfred Mann, the Animals, the Yardbirds and, of course, the Rolling Stones. It was the Stones who were to take their powerful, blues-based music back to the States to a brand new, enthusiastic and largely white audience. Back home one of the UK's periodic blues "booms" was just getting under way with the emergence of Fleetwood Mac, Savoy Brown, Chicken Shack, etc.

For ironically, the Blues, despite being a uniquely American music, had largely been ignored by the vast majority of white Americans. Its performers were unknown until the late 1960s. Then, after years on the so-called 'chitlin circuit', musicians like B B King, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters began to perform with huge success alongside white rock bands at festivals, clubs and college campuses - arguably because of 'the British connection'.

Despite the fickleness of pop music fashion, the Blues has continued to have a dedicated underground following and appreciation which periodically peaks as US bluesmen continue to find a sympathetic musical ear and devoted audiences in Britain and Europe.

In this book for the first time is the full story of the vital role which British musicians have played in helping the Blues to roll on. Based upon a unique personal musical involvement and a veritable torrent of new interviews, this is the book to put the record straight. Bob Brunning was a founder member of that archetypal British blues band - Fleetwood Mac. He moved on to Savoy Brown and has continued to perform ever since in many well-known line-ups, in his various own bands and in musical support of just about every US bluesman to come to Britain throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Currently he combines nightly musical underpinning of the De Luxe Blues Band on the club, pub and festival circuit, with a daytime performance as an inner London headteacher.

As a companion to this book, Decca Records have issued a long playing album also entitled BLUES - The British Connection and compiled by Bob Brunning and available from all good record stores as an L.P. TAB 88 (820 347-1) and on cassette as KTBC 88 (820347-4).

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Blandford Press
Link House
West Street
Dorset, UK

Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
2 Park Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10016

Capricorn Link (Australia) Pty Ltd
PO Box 665, Lane Cove
NSW 2006

Printed in Great Britain

9 780713 718362

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Chapter 13 is on Fleetwood Mac; most of the rest of the book covers the guiding lights of the British Blues Boom.

Hard Cover ISBN #: 0-7137-1587 1
Paperback ISBN #: 0-7137-1836 6

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Discography entry submitted by Jeff Kenney.