Blues is the mother of all music. Blues is Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters. Blues is "One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer." Everybody gets the blues...
If you care at all about the blues, Jewish culture — or for that matter any immigrant culture — that helped shape America, you should not miss Machers and Rockers. Many of these cultures have, sadly, faded to the bland gray of assimilation — but not before leaving a permanent and indelible mark. Like Pete Hamill’s Why Sinatra Matters and David Margolick‘s Strange Fruit, this is the rare book that transcends “music” and instead takes a much, much wider view, pulling...more