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"Really The Blues" is the tale of a white child who fell in love with black tradition, studying to blow clarinet within the reform colleges, brothels and honky-tonks of his adolescence. Drawn by means of the revelation of the blues, he the song alongside the jazz avenues of Chicago, New Orleans, and long island, and into the guts of America's soul. advised within the jive lingo of the underground's internal circle, this vintage is an unforgettable chronicle of road existence, smoky golf equipment, roadhouse dances, and reefer culture.

First released in 1946, fairly the Blues was once a rousing take-heed call to alienated younger whites to discover black tradition and the area of jazz, the 1st track the USA might name its personal. Their non secular godfather used to be Mezzrow, jazz cat, bootlegger, and peddler of the best gauge in Harlem. certainly, Mezz championed the abandon to be had to these keen to lose their blues.

Citadel Underground's variation of actually the Blues incorporates a new creation through Barry Gifford, writer of the radical Wild at middle and co-author of Jack's booklet: An Oral Biography of Jack's Kerouac.

"Really the Blues, learn on the counter of the counter of the Columbia U bookshop in mid-forties, was once for me the 1st sign into white tradition of the underground black, hip tradition that preexisted ahead of new york personal generation". -- Allen Ginsberg

"Milton Mezzrow was once, is and shall consistently be the only most vital determine within the historical past of marijuana in the United States. Like Leary, the Mezz became on a brand new new release to a brand new drug...Mezzrow was once 1) the 1st white Negro, 2) the Johnny Apleseed of weed, three) the writer of an excellent American autobiography, rather the Blues, the best eyewitness account of yankee counterculture everpublished. The e-book is, likewise, the master-piece of the counterculture's so much features literary medium: the slang-laced, jazz-enrhythmed, long-breathed and rhapsodic highway rap and rave-up". -- Albert Goldman

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