Say No to the Devil: The Life and Musical Genius of Rev. Gary Davis by journalist Ian Zack is his biography of the eponymous African-American musician, free for a limited time courtesy of the University of Chicago Press.
This is their featured Free Book of the Month selection for November.
This biography of the late blues and gospel guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, whose style influenced many others (including Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and more), traces his life and career, drawing upon extensive research and interviews (the author met several of Davis’ students while working as a ticket booker, who in turn introduced him to many more people who knew him).
Offered worldwide through November, available directly via the university’s website.
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Three Great Impresarios: Emperors of Song by British author Freddie Stockdale, the founder of a small opera touring company as well as a pseudonymous crime novelist, is his historical musical arts figure biography cum business history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.
This was originally published in 1998 by John Murray.
This book presents a joint biography of three colourful musical history figures, Colonel James Mapleson, Oscar Hammerstein I, and John Christie, who were impresarios—private businessmen who established opera companies and employed the great stars of the day—during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, as they experienced both spectacular success and spectacular disaster with their assorted ambitious ventures.
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