Julio Finn

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Julio Finn (* as Augustus "Gus" Arnold in Chicago ) is an American musician ( harmonica , vocals ) and author who has made a name for himself in the field of blues .

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Finn, brother of Jerome and Billy Boy Arnold , went to Europe when he was 19, where he performed and recorded with Memphis Slim and befriended James Baldwin . He changed his name in 1969. In Paris in 1969 and 1970 he was involved in some key recordings by Archie Shepp and the Art Ensemble of Chicago , in which the African-American tradition of the blues is entered into free jazz . In 1970 he and his blues band presented a first album under his own name, in which his cousin Chicago Beau was also involved. In the course of the 1970s, another album followed under his own name and a few productions with Errol Dunkley, Xavier Barnett and the British band Matumbi , with whom he advanced into reggae . In 1980 he played the harmonica on the albums LKJ in Dub and Bass Culture by Linton Kwesi Johnson and on some recordings by producer Dennis Bovell .

The following year he wrote the liner notes for his brother Billy Boy Arnold's album Crying and Pleading . In 1986 he published the book The Blues Man , which traced the anthropological and socio-cultural roots of the blues; two years later he published the collection Voices of Negritude . He continued to write short stories and essays. He is also the author of the television film We Are the Blues ( Arte , 1995).


  • Nefario Allison & Busby, London 1974; ISBN 0850311330
  • Poet of the Cigar Sancho Panza Press, London 1982
  • The Blues Man: The Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas Quartet Books, London 1986; Interlink Pub Group, New York 1992; ISBN 0940793911
  • Voices of Negritude: with an anthology of Negritude poems translated from the French, Portuguese, and Spanish Quartet Books, London 1988; ISBN 0704325853


  • Julio Finn Blues Band Rainbows All Over My Blues ( Barclay Records 1970)
  • Julio Finn Blues Band Deal for Service (Barclay Records 1972)
  • Julio Finn / Dennis Bovell Nasty / Foul Play (1980)
as a sideman
  • Archie Shepp Blasé ( BYG actuel 1969)
  • Archie Shepp Black Gipsy (America / Prestige 1969)
  • Art Ensemble of Chicago Certain Blacks (America 1970)
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson LKJ in Dub (Mango 1980)
  • Blackbeard I Wah Dub (More Cut 1980)
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson Independant Intavenshan ( Iceland ed. 1988)

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b short portrait
  2. Edward Komara, Peter Lee (Eds.) Blues Encyclopedia Routledge 2006, p. 444
  3. On the other hand, Bman's Blues Report erroneously assumes that he is identical to Jerome Arnold and that he only changed his name around 1978.
  4. We Are the Blues (1995)
  5. ^ As Augustus Arnold