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ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Music
Foreword by Dr. John
Blurbed by Bonnie Raitt and Joe Bonamassa
In The Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu, rock musician Debra Devi defines over 150 blues terms like mojo, hoodoo, buffet flat and killing floor with fresh insights from her interviews with blues legends like Hubert Sumlin, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Henry Gray, Little Milton Campbell, Bob Margolin, Jody Williams, Robben Ford and Jimmie Vaughan.
"What a great resource, as fascinating as it is informative. Debra's passion for the blues shines through." Bonnie Raitt
"Debra's book will teach you what you really need to know about blues history and where the blues are coming from."
"Finally one can understand the mechanics behind the overwhelming viscera of the Blues. Debra Devi's work is a true guide book to the soul." Al Jourgensen (Ministry)
"This book is fascinating! Take it to the bathroom and don't come out until you're done reading it." Jimmy Vivino
"This is a beautiful book. Upon receiving The Language of the Blues I discovered my knowledge only scratched the surface. Debra Devi has written an invaluable reference book. And it's also great fun to read." Hal Willner
"Don't think that The Language of the Blues might read like a dictionary or reference book. There's no plot, but you can open it up at random and fall into the world of your favorite Blues songs, and find out more about the lyrics than you would be guessing from context. I learned a lot more about the Blues music I already loved." Bob Margolin
"Congratulations to Debra Devi for The Language of the Blues. Its candor and witty honesty bring us into the world she describes so well with beautiful strength. This is a book that lovers of music and just plain old lovers will love to have in their collections." Ed Sanders
Devi appears in the films America’s Blues and Mr. Handy’s Blues, and has been interviewed by NPR All Things Considered, The BluesMobile and USA Today. Devi has given her multimedia "Language of the Blues" presentation at TedxJersey City, A. Schwab's in Memphis, Transparent Clinch Gallery in Asbury NJ, Jersey City Theater Center, NYU, and other theaters and colleges.
#22 in Amazon Biographies
#1 in four additional Amazon categories
2020 Reviewers Choice Award for Education
NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winners for Winter 2020 for Best Autobiography of the Year
2019 Nautilus Book Awards Winner
2020 Bronze Medal, eLit Book Awards for Best Memoir/Autobiography
2019 Author of the Year, American Human Rights Society
2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award for Education
2020 Independent Press Gold Medal for Education
2020 Independent Press - Distinguished Favorite for Autobiography)
2020 Gold Medal, San Francisco Book Festival Awards
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