"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 early life. Drawn through 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. informed within the jive lingo of the underground's internal circle, this vintage is an unforgettable chronicle of road lifestyles, smoky golf equipment, roadhouse dances, and reefer culture.
First released in 1946, quite the Blues used to be a rousing serious warning call to alienated younger whites to discover black tradition and the area of jazz, the 1st track the US may well name its personal. Their religious godfather used to be Mezzrow, jazz cat, bootlegger, and peddler of the best gauge in Harlem. notably, Mezz championed the abandon to be had to these prepared to lose their blues.
Citadel Underground's variation of truly the Blues contains a new creation by way of Barry Gifford, writer of the radical Wild at middle and co-author of Jack's publication: 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 sooner than manhattan personal generation". -- Allen Ginsberg
"Milton Mezzrow was once, is and shall continuously be the only most vital determine within the background of marijuana in the USA. Like Leary, the Mezz grew to become 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 a superb American autobiography, rather the Blues, the best eyewitness account of yankee counterculture everpublished. The booklet is, likewise, the master-piece of the counterculture's such a lot features literary medium: the slang-laced, jazz-enrhythmed, long-breathed and rhapsodic highway rap and rave-up". -- Albert Goldman
"Really the Blues seemed at a primary second in American historical past, wh