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I Hear You Knockin : The Sound of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues Paperback – November, 1985


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: Swallow Pubns; 1987 Second edition (November 1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0961424508
  • ISBN-13: 978-0961424503
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,940,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is no, more reliable guide to New Orleans music, its heritage and tradition... -- Peter Guralnick, author of A Listener's Guide to Blues, Sweet Soul Music, and others

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I HEAR YOU KNOCKIN, the Story of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues by Jeff Hannusch, a.k.a. Almost Slim. This well written and lavishly illustrated volume presents colorful and informative portraits of more than two dozen important New Orleans Rhythm and Blues figures. In most cases, the subjects tell their own stories, sharing their successes and joys, as well as their failures and sorrows. Included are singers, producers, instrumentalists, DJs and record label entrepreneurs. Some have scaled to the top of their profession and earned international reputations. Others have tasted success on a smaller scale and just play for fun and a little extra money on the weekends. Together they tell the fascinating story of the rise of New Orleans Rhythm and Blues. A must for fans of rhythm and blues and New Orleans music!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Preble on July 24, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is one of the books that I look at all the time. Easy to read and great info - great pictures. Better than an oyster po boy. Lots of behind the scenes stuff.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "mrbubblebutt" on January 20, 2002
Format: Paperback
A great subject in the hands of a great writer. Hannusch lets the musicians tell their own stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D Jensen on October 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book has been a long time favorite of mine covering a relatively short (but vital) part of American music. Published originally in 1985, it is probably the most readable and accurate account of this New Orleans genre. Several other books have been published with this subject matter covered within, but few have focused directly on the heyday of the Rhythm and Blues sounds from the city. "Up From the Cradle of Jazz" is another great (but less focused) book about post WW-II music from the city. That one perhaps could be considered a good read if you really want to dig a little deeper into the different genres of music of that time, but I Hear You Knockin' is incredibly readable and as Hannusch says in his intro, the repeating of facts really serves to reiterate points than just sloppy writing. A little more candid and casual prose allows for the mood of the city to flow throughout. Jeff Hannusch's book is required reading even for those simply interested in pop music in the 20th century. Most importantly, it makes you want to acquire a better record collection to fill in some gaps. It'll be some time before another book comes out to take this one's place; so far no others have come close.
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By hagrid on October 23, 2014
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Very similar in vein the Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans. Many less renown performers are discussed as well as the unique sound of NOLA.
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