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Encyclopedia of the Blues

Debra DeSalvo’s The Language of the Blues, due out in January, unearths the true origins and meanings of blues terms like “alcorub,” “mojo” and “killing floor.”

The book, which reads like a witty encyclopedia of the blues, proves that DeSalvo has done her homework.
The Language of the Blues manages to answer nearly every question that has gone unanswered inside the heads of everyone for too long (i.e., Why are cops called the fuzz?) and represents one of the first musical genres to have its own slang quite well.

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