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by Kim Field

Traces the history of the harmonica, looks at how it has been used in various types of music, including folk, country, blues, rock, and jazz, and includes profiles of leading soloists
Download Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers: The History of the Harmonica and Its Role in American Music epub
ISBN: 067179633X
ISBN13: 978-0671796334
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Music
Author: Kim Field
Language: English
Publisher: Fireside; First Edition edition (November 10, 1993)
Pages: 304 pages
ePUB size: 1721 kb
FB2 size: 1444 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 454
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This book is a fascinating read for anyone who's interested in life stories, and history. It will definitely hold your interest, and keep you coming back for reference each time you hear one of the players or songs covered in it's pages. The author's extensive knowledge of, and love for, his topic is infectious.
If you like Blues, Folk, Jazz (even Classical) music, that features the harmonica, then you will LOVE this book. I bought my first copy in the early 1990's, and I still appreciate the ability to pick it up today.
The new copies contain audio, which is a dream come true, as you can read about, and then hear, the players and styles that the author describes with such passion. A must have for anyone who enjoys the sound of the harmonica, and a very good book for anyone who just likes to read.
Kim Field is a writer who's style is akin to having a friend (in book form) chatting with you in your living room. He's written something truly unique and enjoyable. Like the harmonica itself, this book is a fun, and lively thing to own. A treasure!
As a harmonica dabbler for most of my life -- and a more serious player for the last five years or so -- this book was a revelation, from the Asian roots of the instrument to the flood of German instruments to this country in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. I vaguely remember the Harmonicats-type groups from the Ed Sullivan-era variety shows of my youth. Now there's a context for them. I found more than I'd ever known about players I've known about forever (Sonny Terry, Stevie Wonder, Toots, etc.) at one end of the scale, and learned about lots of players previously unknown to me (Rhythm Willie!!!!!). The prose is serviceable, nothing more, and there's nothing transcendent about the book to make it worth the time of anyone NOT keenly interested in the subject matter. On the other hand, it's not overly technical. If you're familiar with a diatonic harp and have some idea of what "positions" are, you'll be fine. I can't say it's the best book of its kind, or the only book of its kind, but I'm glad I found it.
An excellent history of the instrument. I was particularly interested in Jerry Murad and the Harmonicats, whose first hit 'Peg O'My Heart' was recorded by my boss, Bill Putnam, at his studio Universal Recording in Chicago.
just one girl
I had been considering buying this book for a number of years... I saw it here on Amazon bought, read, learned some history about the instruments and people that enjoy playing for a living...
Very cool and noteworthy book. Covers everything harmonica. All the blues greats are in there. Has a ton of mini-bios. Good read.
My grandfather is an avid harmonica player since his childhood days. He appreciates this a lot! Definitely recommend to the harmonica lovers!
A comprehensive and fun book about the amazing harmonica!
Kim Field is always hard at work informing folks about the joys of the harmonica. There are few harmonica reference books in this sense and Kim is always a great read. Buyers should check out the Little Walter story Kim collaborated in to, called Blues With A Feeling.