Spinning Blues into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records

Spinning Blues into Gold The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records Muddy Waters Howlin Wolf Chuck Berry Etta James Bo Diddley The greatest artists who sang the blues made their mark with Leonard and Phil Chess whose Chess Records was synonymous with the sound that s

  • Title: Spinning Blues into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records
  • Author: Nadine Cohodas
  • ISBN: 9780312261337
  • Page: 270
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Muddy Waters Howlin Wolf Chuck Berry Etta James Bo Diddley.The greatest artists who sang the blues made their mark with Leonard and Phil Chess, whose Chess Records was synonymous with the sound that swept up from the south, embraced Chicago and spread out into mid century America Spinning Blues into Gold is the impeccably researched story of the men behind the musicMuddy Waters Howlin Wolf Chuck Berry Etta James Bo Diddley.The greatest artists who sang the blues made their mark with Leonard and Phil Chess, whose Chess Records was synonymous with the sound that swept up from the south, embraced Chicago and spread out into mid century America Spinning Blues into Gold is the impeccably researched story of the men behind the music and the remarkable company they created Chess Records and later Checkers, Argo and Cadet was built by Polish immigrant Jews, brothers who saw the blues as a unique business opportunity From their first ventures, a liquor store and then a nightclub, they promoted live entertainment And parlayed that into the first pressings sold out of car trunks on long junkets through the midsection of the country, ultimately expanding their empire to include influential radio stations The story of the Chess brothers is a very American story of commerce in the service of culture Long on chutzpah, Leonard and Phil went far beyond their childhoods as the sons of a scrap metal dealer They changed what America listened to the artists they promoted planted the seeds of rock n roll and are still influencing music today.The story of the Chess brothers and the music they made captures the rich and volatile mix of race, Jews and music Cohodas takes us deep into the world of independent record producers, sometimes abrasive and always aggressive men striving to succeed Leonard and Phil worked hand in glove with disenfranchised black artists, the intermittent charges of exploitation balanced by the reality of a common purpose that brought them fame From beginning to end, the lives of the Chesses were entwined with those of the artists socially, financially and creatively.

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    1. I was very excited to read this book because I am such a fan of so many Chess Records artists. Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Willy Dixon, Ramsey Lewis, Etta James, Chuck Berry the list is long and very impressive.Spinning Blues Into Goldis alright. The down side is that Cohodas has a very flat writing style. It's all about, "This happened then this happened then these things happened." Which is what a bio is but there are ways of writing those facts down that makes a bio fresh and interesting. The [...]

    2. I picked up this book after listening to an old Sound Opinions podcast about Chess Records. Both this book and the movie, "Cadillac Records," were mentioned and accompanied by a selection of great songs from the studio's stars, which made it a must-read. This book took some time to get through because it is so densely packed. I give the author credit for the amount of research behind the final product, but there are portions of the book that dragged. To bring Chess Records and its artists to lif [...]

    3. Unreadable. Nadine Cohodas' 'Spinning Blues Into Gold' is so dense with insignificant, inconsequential detail as to render it unreadable. I gave up on page 109 of 314, and regret that I struggled to read that far. I very much enjoyed the movie: Cadillac Records that I wanted to know more about the exciting times, people and events. 'Spinning Blues into Gold' is about the same times, people and events, but there's nothing exciting about it. Too bogged down in the precise wording of what ad appear [...]

    4. Brilliant and probably the most comprehensive history of the famous Chess Record label. A must read for Blues fans!

    5. Good book presenting an accurate account of the Chess brothers and the founding and eventual demise of the legendary Chess Records label. A majority of the book focuses on a year by year accounting of the growth of Chess, specifically the artists and their hit singles and albums. That can be some dry reading at times but it's the colorful stories about a particular artist or session or incident peppered throughout the book that makes it a worthwhile read. The death of Leonard Chess and Chess Rec [...]

    6. Highly detailed account of the early days and high times at Chess Records. The book is interesting, but doesn't have enough of a storyline to get me all the way through the facts. Got bored about 2/3 of the way through, but learned a ton about the small studio business and the movers and shakers at Chess.

    7. Well written history of the influential Chess Records, mostly focused on Leonard Chess, and the incidents, rumors, memories, activities, manic intensity, revisionist viewpoints, and somewhat realistic version of such an important record company in popular music.

    8. Fascinating history of Chess Records and the many artists who recorded for them. Makes you long for a time machine so you can go back to the 1950s and visit the Macomba Lounge, 2120 South Michigan Ave and Maxwell Street.

    9. If you love music and like to know the stories behinds the songs, the record labels, the Chess Brothers, and all of the many artists they produced like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley you will love this book.

    10. A great topic for a book. It's about incredible music, jazz, blues and the birth of rock and roll. Gender, patriarchy, sexism, race and religions. Unfortunately it never comes alive and lies on the page like a lox.

    11. well researched, but surprisingly lacking in passion considering the subject matter. Written with a lean toward the business end more than the music.

    12. A comprehensive look at the history of Chess Records, both the good and the bad. The early history of real rock n' roll.

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