World's Largest Sheet Music Selection


Blues and the Soul of Man

An Autobiography of Nehemiah Skip James Digital Sheet Music

By Nehemiah Skip James

Be the first! Write a Review

Guitar (fingerpicking) - Digital Download
An Autobiography of Nehemiah Skip James. Composed by Nehemiah Skip James. Theory and Reference. Style. E-book and online audio. 133 pages. Mel Bay Publications - Digital Sheet Music #30844MEB. Published by Mel Bay Publications - Digital Sheet Music (M0.30844MEB).

Item Number: M0.30844MEB

ISBN 9781619119369.

Skip James was one of the most influential early Bluesmen, but his importance as a stylist remained undiscovered until he was brought out of a long retirement by the Folk/Blues revival of the early 1960as. Born in 1902 and raised in Bentonia, Nehemiah Curtis James was brought up in a religious family: his father was a bootlegger who reformed and became a Baptist preacher. Skip learned piano in school but picked up guitar from his friend Henry Stuckey. In 1931 Skip was picked up by a scout for Paramount Records and he cut 26 tracks, of which 18 were released, in a two day session at their Grafton, Wisconsin studios. These recordings presented a unique and haunting genius that influenced legendary bluesmen as Robert Johnson, Kansas Joe McCoy and Johnny Temple. But the recordings sold poorly, having been released during the Great Depression, and he drifted into obscurity. We have included as online downloads Skipas 1931 recordings. The crackling sound of these rare recordings cannot obscure the brilliance of this seminal Blues master. After over 30 yearas retirement from music, Skip was rediscovered by Blues enthusiasts Bill Barth, John Fahey and Henry Vestine. They persuaded Skip to appear at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964, where his renditions of his old songs were still powerful and moving. His performances as well as his old and new recordings influenced a generation of new musicians: Eric Clapton, Alan Wilson of Canned Heat, Cream, Deep Purple, Chris Thomas King, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Derek Trucks, Beck, Big Sugar, John Martyn, Lucinda Williams and Rory Block to name a few. Books on legendary Blues musicians written by white musicologists tend to offer a subjective perspective on how the artists felt, thought or reacted. A tainted picture is captured that has more to do with the writeras social and musical experiences. This autobiography is different. The words, thoughts and feelings come directly from the artistas lips. This is the story of Nehemiah aSkipa James told by Nehemiah aSkipa James.

About Digital Downloads

Digital Downloads are downloadable sheet music files that can be viewed directly on your computer, tablet or mobile device. Once you download your digital sheet music, you can view and print it at home, school, or anywhere you want to make music, and you don’t have to be connected to the internet. Just purchase, download and play!

PLEASE NOTE: Your Digital Download will have a watermark at the bottom of each page that will include your name, purchase date and number of copies purchased. You are only authorized to print the number of copies that you have purchased. You may not digitally distribute or print more copies than purchased for use (i.e., you may not print or digitally distribute individual copies to friends or students).

Close X

By signing up you consent with the terms in our Privacy Policy

I am a music teacher.