BLUES is a relatively new phenomenon in Slovakia. It started to appear in this territory in the 1960s and by now has built quite a strong tradition.
The Music Centre of Slovakia recently issued a new dictionary-style publication, Blues in Slovakia, which attempts to trace the origins, development, and current situation of the local blues scene. It introduces blues musicians, bands, clubs, producers, and organisers of festivals in the country.
To present the history of blues the introductory chapters of the 136-page publication cover the genre in a broad scope, discussing blues in the world. At the end, one can find original Slovak blues lyrics, and a dictionary of specific blues terms.
Written by Slovak bluesmen themselves, led by the President of the Slovak Blues Society Ján Litecký-Šveda, the publication is an authentic testimony of their activities. The book awaits an English translation.
21. Jun 2004 at 0:00