inSpired: A Red, White and Blues Round-up of Books and Music
In recognition of Black History Month, President and Mrs. Obama hosted Red, White and Blues as part of WETA’s In Performance at the White House series. This celebration of the blues included program host Taraji P. Henson and performances by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Jeff Beck, Gary Clark, Jr., Shemekia Copeland, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Mick Jagger, B.B. King, Keb Mo, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, with Booker T. Jones as music director and band leader. It will be broadcast on Monday, February 27 at 9 p.m. ET on WETA (and other PBS stations nationwide, check local listings).
Politics & Prose demonstrates its support of WETA and the unparalled skill of its staff by providing the following round-up of books and music inspired by the Red, White and Blues program. All are available for sale at Politics & Prose, in person or online.
Politics & Prose Book Suggestions for Red, White and Blues:
by Robert Palmer
Published: Penguin (Non-Classics), 07/29/1982
by LeRoi Jones (Amiri Baraka)
Published: Harper Perennial, 02/01/1999
by Alan Lomax
Published: New Press, 11/01/2002
by Francis Davis
Published: Da Capo Press, 09/01/2003
Editors: Peter Guralnick, Robert Santelli, Holly George-Warren, Christopher John Farley
Published: Harper Paperbacks, 11/01/2004, Pages: 288
Politics & Prose Music Suggestions for Red, White and Blues:
- B. B. King, Live at the Regal
- Buddy Guy, The Definitive Buddy Guy
- Keb Mo, Keep It Simple
- Gary Clark, Jr., The Bright Lights EP
- Trombone Shorty, For True
- Booker T. Jones, The Road from Memphis
- Jeff Beck, Performing This Week…Live at Ronnie Scott’s
- Mick Jagger, England’s Newest Hitmakers (the Rolling Stones’ first [and most blues-influenced] album)
Any blues or blues-inspired titles you’d add?