Blind Blake was born Arthur Blake in Jacksonville Florida. During Blind Blake’s prosperous career he recorded over 75 cuts for the Paramount label. “Diddie Wa Diddie” shows off Blind Blake’s distinctive vocal and guitar rhythm. This song was later covered by Ry Cooder and Hot Tuna. I only wish somebody would tell me what “Diddie Wa Diddie” means.
The great Leadbelly, with one of his classic sides that helped define American music in the 20th century and beyond. Over his own distinctive, relaxed guitar accompaniment, Leadbelly’s vocal on this recording is simply magnificent. Widely revered by music fans and covered by blues scholars, “Where Did You Sleep Last Night?” was also sung by Kurt Cobain on Nirvana’s Unplugged album.
When you read the words “Slave to the blues,” it doesn’t compare to how it sounds and feels when Ma Rainey sings this song. You can imagine her holding her heart in chains during this dreary memory. It’s another way to say endless heart ache.
Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, written in epistolary form, is about Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who seems discontent and achieves satisfaction by exploring the supernatural realm in a village near Gevena. The creation of his “monster” comes about because of his unchecked intellectual ambition. His experiment gets out of hand and his reaction to this man-made “monster’s” desire for companionship makes for a fantastic read. This thesis has been the basis for several films. The struggles between Dr. Frankenstein and the “monster” he created are fascinating.
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Written in 1844 by Alexandre Dumas, author of The Three Musketeers, this book is a literary classic. Set in 1815-1838 in France, Italy, and parts of the Mediterranean, this true adventure novel focuses on a man who is wrongfully imprisoned. The protagonist escapes from jail, acquires a fortune, and sets about getting revenge on those responsible for his imprisonment.
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