Guitar International has published rock musician Debra Devi’s award-winning book, The Language of the Blues: From Alcorb to Zuzu, as an eBook. The $9.99 eBook on Amazon Kindle includes a free download of the author’s acclaimed debut album, Get Free.
The Language of the Blues includes a foreword by Dr. John and is chatted up by Bonnie Raitt, Joe Bonamassa, Ministry singer Al Jourgensen, producer Hal Willner, Conan bandleader Jimmy Vivino, Muddy Waters Band guitarist Bob Margolin and Ed Sanders of The Fugs.
“What a great resource…as fascinating as it is informative. Debra’s passion for the blues shines through,” Raitt said.
Said Vivino: “This book is fascinating! Take it to the bathroom and don’t come out until you’re done reading it.”
The Language of the Blues was initially published by Billboard Books and won the 2007 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for Outstanding Book on Popular Music. The Los Angeles Times called it “one of the wittiest, bawdiest, most fascinating dictionaries ever,” Nat Hentoff declared The Language of the Blues “invaluable” in the Wall Street Journal, and Blues Revue deemed it “an essential purchase for scholars and fans.” New York Times columnist Shelton Ivany added, “If you have any questions about songs, lyrics, musicians or events, chances are you will find your answers in this unparalleled publication.”
The Language of the Blues is packed with stories from Devi’s in-depth interviews with blues legends Milton Campbell, Robben Ford, Henry Gray, Dr. John, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Bonnie Raitt, Smiley Ricks, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmie Vaughan and more. It also includes a remarkable foreword from Dr. John and more than photos from top blues chroniclers like Joseph A. Rosen and Mike Shea.
The book opens with “alcorub”, the drink of last resort for desperate alcoholics, and closes with “zuzu”, slang for a cookie, and “perhaps the most wholesome word in the entire book,” according to Reuters.
The author is the singer/guitarist for rock power trio DEVI, with brothers Kevin and John Hummel on bass and drums. Their Get Free album has earned her comparisons to singers Sheryl Crow and PJ Harvey, and guitarists Jimi Hendrix and George Harrison.
Devi is the first female guitarist to record for Guitar World’s Lick of the Day iPhone app. Former associate editor of Blues Revue, Devi has also written for The Village Voice, Rolling Stone.com, Guitar World, Vintage Guitar, and Yoga Journal.