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I know at one time he had some money in a plastic bag. Matter of fact, $8,000. And he brought it here for me to count. But when I opened the bag and the air came and got to it, it come all to pieces. It was so rotten that you couldn't even pick it up. Amazing, amazing person, Jack was - Jack Owens, remembered by Jimmy Homes, Living Blues #137

Author Topic: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson  (Read 3051 times)

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Offline Bunker Hill

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The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« on: December 18, 2013, 05:00:14 AM »
Nearly a decade in the making....

http://untpress.unt.edu/catalog/3587

A hardcover book for just $25 seems a bargain to me - most tend to cost twice that.

Offline GhostRider

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2013, 02:05:17 PM »
Just ordered. Quote Code 25A for a 25% discount.
 Phone 1-800-826-8911 to order (under $19 US)
However, no rush. The book is slated to be ready for shipping the end of April.

Alex

Offline MTJ3

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2013, 09:47:33 AM »
Hot damn! Hats off and congratulations to Dean Alger!

Offline jostber

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2013, 12:21:21 PM »
Great to see this! Gotta get this one.

Offline Bunker Hill

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2014, 10:35:25 PM »
Dean Alger has emailed me to say his Lonnie book is now published and available in US.

According to Amazon the UK edition is due 30th April.

Offline Vidal

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2014, 01:37:07 PM »
I should state from the off that I believe that Lonnie Johnson was an incredibly gifted musician whose influence on modern music is huge. Imagine my excitement when I came across Alger's book which promised to not only confirm my belief but to also place Johnson's life in its historical context and to reveal his wider socio-political influence.  The problem I have with the book is that it is almost unreadable.  It reads like the work of a 1st year undergraduate who is discovering the complexities of the English language for the first time.  Alger, unlike his subject, has no ear or sense of rhythm. Sentences jar the senses. I settled down to read this book in a couple of sittings, but a week later I can't get beyond page 60.  I will persevere, but ugly writing is not the correct vehicle for steering us through the complex forces at play in the genius of Lonnie Johnson.

Offline Prof Scratchy

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2014, 02:12:09 PM »
Oh dear...he'll not be getting a Christmas card from you then....:)

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Offline Vidal

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2014, 02:32:10 PM »
I have his card here.  It reads: I'm sending you this card, it's a Xmas card, hoping you have a merry, or at the very least, a pleasant festive, or Xmas (as I mentioned earlier) break, or holiday (see Chapter 5 where I proceed and go into this in greater detail).   ;)

Offline Gumbo

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2014, 05:07:23 PM »
 ;D ;D ;D

Offline ScottN

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2014, 11:17:00 PM »
Vidal, you forgot to include the quote from the wonderfully informative and well written Xmas card (Hallmark 1932, pg 2) with the snow covered house (that may have been Lonnie J's home in East St. Louis before he may or may not have moved to Texas when he may or may not have been married to Mary).  A reading of the text clearly infers that this might have been the same card he could have sent to the son (Clarence) he may or may not have had but I believe he did, as do others as I cite later in Chapter 7.  Especially noteworthy is the text heretofore uncommented on by Blues Scholars "Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men" which clearly indicates Lonnie J's intention to be a leading and important figure in the battle for civil rights and clearly shows why he should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and should have a movie made about his life.

I too am slogging through this book.  I will make it through because I am very interested in the subject and any info I can glean I find value in.  The author clearly has a love for the subject and did a tremendous amount of research work.  The writing "style" will probably not appeal to most people.  I'm thankful that I got the Kindle edition for 12 bucks or so...can't say I'm likely to read it more than once at this point.

Thanks,
              Scott


Offline bnemerov

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2014, 05:21:16 AM »
Good copy editors have gone the way of the Dodo, it seems.
And even if one were at North Texas Press, only so much might be done with writing that may, or may not, be conscious or, perhaps, unconscious in its tumidity, its sufflation.

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bruce

Offline Stuart

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2014, 09:22:50 AM »
Yeah, copy editors and proofreaders are virtually non-existent these days. But the problems go beyond that, as clear and well written expository prose might not be a bad place from which to begin one's copy editing and/or proofreading. (Bear in mind the old expression, "You can't polish shit!") Patty Limerick's essay of twenty years back, "Dancing With Professors," has been mentioned several times before, but for those of you who may not be familiar with it, here are a couple of links:

https://www.soc.umn.edu/~samaha/cases/limerick_dancing_with_professors.html

https://noppa.aalto.fi/noppa/kurssi/21e72000/materiaali/21E72000_limerick_1993.pdf

I'll reserve judgment until I come up in the rotation at the local library and actually read it, but that's just SOP.
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Offline Vidal

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2014, 02:16:22 PM »
"The first side he recorded that day had the oh-so-apt title, "Playing With the Strings" - borrowed for the title of these two chapters.  Beyong the obvious reference to the guitar strings, the title is apt in the sense that his guitar work here has a playful nature, it is very upbeat and lively, and one just feels Lonnie's fingers dancing over the strings"
"Non-specialist readers of this book will probably enjoy this tune even more than "Hotter Than That"

Page 125 and counting...

Offline Stuart

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2014, 03:03:37 PM »
Thanks for the warning, Vidal. I picked up a copy at the library yesterday and I'm presently up to page 34.

Offline Chris A

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Re: The Legendary Lonnie Johnson
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2014, 06:52:33 PM »
I have met and been in touch with Dean. He strikes me as a serious, dedicated admirer of Lonnie's music, but I'm afraid I have to agree with Vidal. Not a book that does Lonnie's artistry justice.

 


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