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"You can't play no blues unless you have some hard times. Young people today, I don'y care whether they're black or white, they didn't come up like Muddy and me, they come up too easy" - Howlin' Wolf to Peter Guralnick, Feel Like Going Home.

Author Topic: Sam Charters R.I.P.  (Read 1119 times)

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Offline Mr.OMuck

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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 11:38:48 PM »
A great Loss. his compilation records on RBF and his books were a big part of what opened up this world to me.
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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Offline Parlor Picker

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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2015, 04:50:01 AM »
Several years ago, Sam Charters was a guest on Charlie Gillett's programme to promote his book "The day is so long and the wages so small". I won a copy in a phone-in competition and Mr. Charters incribed it to me personally, which I was not expecting and thought was a nice touch.

Sorry to hear of the passing of this pioneering researcher and scholar.
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Offline Prof Scratchy

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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2015, 05:14:03 AM »
Purchased in the early 60s, The Country Blues was my introduction to this music.

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2015, 05:27:37 AM »
Here's something I scanned 17 years ago (originally in old fashioned Word) for one of the now defunct blues discussion groups. Now "saved as" PDF.

« Last Edit: March 19, 2015, 05:28:56 AM by Bunker Hill »

Offline Mr.OMuck

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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2015, 06:54:25 AM »
?For me, the writing about black music was my way of fighting racism,? Mr. Charters said in his interview with Mr. Ismail. ?That?s why my work is not academic, that is why it is absolutely nothing but popularization: I wanted people to hear black music.?
Sam Charters
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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2015, 07:28:04 AM »
Sam Charters made you want to hear the music of the musicians he wrote about, and that's an important quality for any writer on music to have.  Thanks for what he contributed.

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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2015, 08:38:07 AM »
Like O'Muck and others said, the LP that RBF put out to accompany the book was one of the ones that drew me into the music. I'm going to pull that book off the shelf and reread it.
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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2015, 11:49:35 AM »
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Like O'Muck and others said, the LP that RBF put out to accompany the book was one of the ones that drew me into the music. I'm going to pull that book off the shelf and reread it.

Ditto.  And let's not forget his work as a record producer.  Those Vanguard Chicago/The Blues/Today LPs were constantly on my turntable in my high school days back in the late 60s. 

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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2015, 01:30:21 PM »
Very sad news :(
Like Prof. Scratchy said, like an introduction to, a guideline through this music. I found it as a student in the Nineties and it opened a world of exploring, understanding, collecting and playing for me.
RIP
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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2015, 07:41:29 PM »
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The piece ended with one of the slide solos that only he could play - sure and skilled, sensitive and moving. If there wasn't to be more of Blind Willie Johnson's guitar and his voice, it would be difficult to think of a more fitting way for his music to fall silent - Blind Willie Johnson, last recording described by Sam Charters

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Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2015, 08:55:39 AM »

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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2015, 10:00:59 AM »
Sad news indeed. Thanks for getting so many started on the music, Mr. Charters.

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Re: Sam Charters R.I.P.
« Reply #14 on: March 21, 2015, 10:54:52 AM »
Stuart thanks so much for that fresh air interview. Its revelatory.
The scene with Langston Hughs is incredible!
Many incredible bits of info in this recording.
And so the point does not get lost, if it weren't for the Left, white northerners would never have known this music existed!
My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music.
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