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Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb: “Diving Duck Blues”

Taj Mahal has been around forever. The only thing that seems to have changed is that he gained a bit of weight. He still sounds great.

Mahal released one of the landmark albums of the 1970s. The album (which actually was released in 1969) is physically two records, but really two separate albums. One disc (De Old Folks at Home) is acoustic and the other (Giant Step), is electric. Both records are fabulous. It’s hard to pick one song to feature from each. Take a Giant Step, a song by Gerry Goffin and Carole King is just great. Here is Stagger Lee from the acoustic record.

Here is Madison Street Blues with Etta Baker and My Creole Belle. Here is an interview with Mahal and his site. The website for the Taj Mahal in India probably gets lots of traffic from people trying to find Taj.

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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