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"Really The Blues" is the tale of a white child who fell in love with black tradition, studying to blow clarinet within the reform faculties, brothels and honky-tonks of his adolescence. Drawn via the revelation of the blues, he the track alongside the jazz avenues of Chicago, New Orleans, and big apple, and into the guts of America's soul. informed within the jive lingo of the underground's internal circle, this vintage is an unforgettable chronicle of highway lifestyles, smoky golf equipment, roadhouse dances, and reefer culture.

First released in 1946, rather the Blues was once a rousing serious warning call to alienated younger whites to discover black tradition and the area of jazz, the 1st tune the United States may possibly name its personal. Their non secular godfather was once Mezzrow, jazz cat, bootlegger, and peddler of the best gauge in Harlem. particularly, Mezz championed the abandon on hand to these keen to lose their blues.

Citadel Underground's variation of truly the Blues encompasses a new advent through Barry Gifford, writer of the radical Wild at middle and co-author of Jack's e-book: An Oral Biography of Jack's Kerouac.

"Really the Blues, learn on the counter of the counter of the Columbia U book shop in mid-forties, was once for me the 1st sign into white tradition of the underground black, hip tradition that preexisted ahead of manhattan personal generation". -- Allen Ginsberg

"Milton Mezzrow was once, is and shall continually be the one most crucial determine within the heritage of marijuana in the United States. Like Leary, the Mezz grew to become on a brand new new release to a brand new drug...Mezzrow used to be 1) the 1st white Negro, 2) the Johnny Apleseed of weed, three) the writer of a very good American autobiography, relatively the Blues, the best eyewitness account of yank counterculture everpublished. The ebook is, likewise, the master-piece of the counterculture's so much features literary medium: the slang-laced, jazz-enrhythmed, long-breathed and rhapsodic highway rap and rave-up". -- Albert Goldman

"Really the Blues seemed at a primary second in American heritage, wh

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