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Charles Keil: Urban Blues (University of Chicago Press)

Charlie Gillett, New Society, 13 October 1966

MOST WRITERS on popular music and the blues have approached post-1955 music with discomfort, concluding their books with despondent remarks about the commercialised depravity called rock and roll. Roundly deriding these writers as "mouldy figs", Charles Keil promises a more broad-minded approach in discussing contemporary blues singers.

Total word count of piece: 597

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