Press Absolution – updated: Sep 19, 2018
CHICAGO, September 19, 2018 (Newswire.com) – The University of Chicago Press will broadcast the official account of Alligator Records, “Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Annal Story,” on Oct. 30.
Few almanac labels accept afflicted the dejection apple as abundant as Alligator Records. And few bodies accept formed with as abounding legends as Bruce Iglauer. After about bisected a aeon of a activity absorbed in the blues, now we get the whole, bare adventure from Iglauer himself.
This is the aboriginal book to acquaint the accomplished adventure of the iconic almanac label. It is a remarkable, behind-the-scenes attending at the highs and lows of the music business. And it’s a claimed adventure of dejection in Chicago and about the world.
From aboriginal audition Hound Dog Taylor at Florence’s Lounge on Chicago’s South Side to architecture Alligator Annal one absolution at a time to active the better dejection characterization in the world, Iglauer and Roberts booty readers on a fifty-year adventure through the dejection from bounded Chicago confined to anniversary stages beyond the globe.
According to Iglauer, “We capital to acrylic active pictures of the absorbing dejection immortals that I knew so well, like Hound Dog Taylor, Son Seals, Koko Taylor, and Albert Collins, as able-bodied as to accord acumen into the artistic action of planning and recording some of their archetypal albums. And we capital to accord the readers a close-up attending at the agitative and abstracted artists who are accustomed the Alligator attitude into the future, like Marcia Ball, Shemekia Copeland, Selwyn Birchwood, and Toronzo Cannon. It’s additionally an insider’s attending at how the absolute almanac business has afflicted over the aftermost fifty years, and how those changes accept impacted the artists who actualize the music.”
Acquiring Editor Timothy Mennel said, “Iglauer has an incomparable abyss of acquaintance in and angle on the music industry in Chicago. His teaming with Patrick Roberts has led to a anxious and absolute book that brings the blues, dejection musicians, and the dejection business to activity on the page.”
Bruce Iglauer is the admiral and architect of Alligator Records, the better a dejection characterization in the world. He is a Grammy-winning ambassador and was inducted into the Dejection Hall of Fame in 1997. Iglauer was a architect of National Association of Absolute Almanac Distributors and is a cofounder of Living Dejection magazine. He is additionally a architect of the Chicago Dejection Anniversary and codirector of the Dejection Community Foundation, which is committed to acknowledging dejection music apprenticeship and acceptable dejection musicians and their families who are in need. He accustomed the American Association For Absolute Music (A2IM) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
Patrick A. Roberts is accessory assistant in the College of Apprenticeship at Northern Illinois University. He is coauthor of Accord ‘Em Soul, Richard! Race, Radio, and Rhythm and Dejection in Chicago.
“Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Annal Story”
By Bruce Iglauer and Patrick A. Roberts
US publication: October 30, 2018 | International publication: November 5, 2018
Cloth ISBN: 978-0-226-12990-7 | $30.00 | £20.00 | €27.00
Advance Praise for “Bitten by the Blues”
“Blues and actuality accept consistently been aboriginal cousins, and Bruce was as admiring and accommodating to me as you could imagine, consistently accommodating to action his acumen and expertise. He’s been a accurate acquaintance of the dejection and absolute music.”—Mavis Staples
“This book is continued overdue. Alligator Annal has been a cornerstone of the dejection apple for over four decades. The belief about the artists and sessions that accept paved the way for so abounding others are a amusement to read. As an Alligator artist, I am absolutely beholden for what Bruce and Alligator Annal accept done for me and this genre.”—Shemekia Copeland
“Bruce and his history with Alligator Annal beset so abundant of the ri and best agitative eras of burghal blues. All the alluring belief and behind-the-scenes intrigues are here, and the enduring bequest of his charge to this music and the artists he cares so foolishly about makes this a terrific, important read.”—Bonnie Raitt
“When I was about twenty years old, Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers were my abstract best friends. They were with me everywhere I went because I consistently had my carriageable CD amateur with me. I apperceive for a actuality I wouldn’t be in this business if Bruce hadn’t appear those aboriginal two Hound Dog records. The blaze Bruce captured on those annal is the abracadabra abode I’m extensive for every time I’m in my studio.”—Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys
“In abounding means the adventure of Alligator Annal is the adventure of the dejection over the aftermost fifty years. ‘Bitten by the Blues’ is the adventure of Alligator Annal through the eyes of the one being who knows it best—label architect and buyer Bruce Iglauer. With his boxy business mind, accompanying with an generally atoning faculty of humor, Iglauer tells the account of the Gator with artlessness and clarity. From the aboriginal Hound Dog Taylor almanac that launched the label, to the brief success of artists like Luther Allison and Shemekia Copeland, Alligator Annal has, in abounding ways, authentic success in the dejection world. ‘Bitten by the Blues’ is an abrupt attending at one of the best accepted absolute dejection labels in history.”—Brett J. Bonner, editor, Living Dejection magazine
Source: The University of Chicago Press
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