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Preachin' the Blues: The Life and Times of Son House

Daniel Beaumont


This book presents a biography of American blues singer and guitarist Eddie James “Son” House, Jr. (1902–1988). House pioneered an innovative style, incorporating strong repetitive rhythms with elements of southern gospel and spiritual vocals. A seminal figure in the history of the Delta blues, he was an important, direct influence on such figures as Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson. The landscape of Son House's life and the vicissitudes he endured make for an absorbing narrative, threaded through with a tension between House's religious beliefs and his spells of commitment to a lifestyle that ... More

Keywords: biography, American blues singer, guitarist, Eddie James Son House, Son House, Delta blues, musical legacy, Paramount recordings, Library of Congress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195395570
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195395570.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Beaumont, author
Associate Professor of Arabic Language and Literature, University of Rochester, Seattle, WA