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“Born in New Orleans on February 8th, 1889, and one of a large and talented family, Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson played fiddle, guitar, piano, and banjo from childhood. He joined his father’s band at 14 and began playing in cafes in New Orleans. In 1917 he traveled in Europe playing in revues. When he returned home to New Orleans in 1918, he discovered that his entire family had been killed by a flu epidemic except for one brother. He and his surviving brother, James “Steady Roll” Johnson, moved to St. Louis in 1920 where Lonnie played with Charlie Creath’s Jazz-O-Maniacs and with Fate Marable in their Mississippi riverboat bands.”



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The term African American music encompasses a vast array of musical styles. It reflects a mixture of European and West and Central African traits. African American music incorporates an African conceptual approach into a European American musical infrastructure to produce music with a distinctive aesthetic. The combined cultural influences contributed to the development of spirituals, blues, gospel music, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul music, and rap music.
19th Century
The music of blacks during slavery integrated their African heritage and the Judeo-Christian ethic. African American musical traditions began to emerge as an identifiable entity in the latter half of the18th century, with the development of the sacred form of music known as the spiritual. Spirituals were sung in both religious and nonsacred settings. The use of the spiritual reflects the African ideal that while sacred song allows one to communicate with the other world, it may also address matters of the present world.
One combination of song and movement that developed during slavery was known as ring shouts, or shout spirituals. These were a form of musical and religious expression performed primarily “after service” in praise houses or after a formal religious event. The music was call-and-response oriented; accompaniment included singing, hand clapping, foot stamping, and thigh slapping. Shout music came from a body of spirituals and/or hymns used primarily for religious expression. The music was drawn from remnants of African melodies, single lines from hymns or folk spirituals, and songs reflecting significant events in the lives of participants.
Spirituals developed in northern independent black churches during the 18th and 19th centuries. Freedmen utilized the singing style and the practice of mixing movement with the music found in the South, but modified them to suit their specific needs. Spirituals were adapted from other hymnals, taken from folk and popular songs, or were new tunes composed to accompany text. Richard Allen’s hymnal, published in 1801, used all of these techniques. Allen modified some hymns by adding supplementary lines, refrain lines, and choruses to ensure full participation of the congregation.
Philadelphia minister Charles Albert Tindley continued the tradition of Richard Allen. By the early 1900s, Tindley wrote more than 45 hymns, including “Stand By Me,” “We’ll Understand it Better By and By,” and “I’ll Overcome Someday.” In the late 19th century, arranged spirituals appeared. George L. White, a young white teacher at Fisk University, developed a repertoire of classical music and musical forms that originated during slavery but were changed to reflect the different circumstances under which these former slaves lived. He gave his students musical training and formed the Fisk Jubilee Singers, who began touring in 1871. This started a musical tradition in historically black colleges and universities.
Prior to the mid-19th century, European American and African American musical traditions rarely interacted. Some of the exports by whites of African American culture did not present positive images. Minstrels–white performers in blackface–would provide imitations of slave
singing and dancing. The minstrel show developed in the latter half of the 18th century, but did not gain widespread popularity until 1843 when the Virginia Minstrels performed in New York City.
Rise of the Blues
The blues is rooted in religious songs, field hollers, shouts, work songs, and game songs. The form gained currency during the postbellum era. The subject matter bears similarities to songs found in the Caribbean and Africa, indicating a close kinship to traditional African songs of gossip, complaint, and/or recrimination. As the blues evolved into a musical form, it developed specific characteristics and features, although some blues did not adhere to a strict structural format. By the 1920s, the country blues style of a singer accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar had developed, as exemplified by performers such as Robert Johnson. The Mississippi Delta was the cradle of country blues.
By the 1920s, a style known as classic blues was being performed exclusively by women such as Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, Mamie Smith, Bessie Smith, and Sippie Wallace. The women singing classic blues initiated a vocal style whose musical qualities capture the essence of the sacred and the secular in the form of blues, jazz, and gospel. Classic blues cross-bred the rural Southern styles long associated with males, with the style of Northern females who tended toward gospel and religious music. Vaudeville was also an influence.
In February 1920, Mamie Smith made the first blues records, on the Okeh label. Later that year, she recorded “Crazy Blues,” which sold 75,000 copies in its first month, reaching black and white audiences. Buoyed by the success of these records, Okeh established its “race records” or “race music” division. Mamie Smith represents the entrance of African American women into the world of professional entertainment, and helped bridge the gap between the southern styles that came with the immigrants, and the northern tradition already in place. She was also the first to reach white audiences with music originally from the black community. During the Depression race records, in conjunction with the jukebox, breathed new life into the hard-hit record industry.
As African Americans migrated north in the 1930s and 40s, they carried the blues traditions with them. The country blues became more sophisticated, reflecting the urban lifestyle of most blues musicians. Blues was now performed by small groups, with drums, electric guitar, and bass, along with the harmonica, and occasional piano. These changes modified country blues to a style called rhythm and blues (R&B).
Different geographical areas developed unique R&B styles. The Chicago style was linked directly to the Mississippi Delta through artists such as Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and J. B. Lenoir. Memphis developed a style that is a synthesis of musical influences. B. B. King, a prime example of the Memphis sound, transformed country blues by adding amplified guitar, piano, drums, and horns; the use of ninth chords; rarely using his guitar as a percussive instrument; and singing his lines rather than the half-speak, half-sing style common in the Delta/Chicago tradition.



Blues History

Posted: September 2, 2011 in Definitions, Michael Hawkeye Herman, Styles

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The Blues
The blues is a musical style created in response to the hardships endured by generations of African American people. It originated in the rural Mississippi Delta region at the beginning of the 20th century. Descended from earlier work shouts (arhoolies), blues is primarily a vocal narrative style featuring solo voice with instrumental accompaniment. Blues has contributed significantly to the development of jazz, rock music, and country and western music.

Blues Form
By the 1920s, the blues style had acquired its distinguishing characteristics of text, harmonic structure, and melodic shape. Blues lyrics contain a number of three-line rhymed stanzas in which each stanza consists of a line of verse which is repeated and then concluded with a final line. Harmony is based on a repeating blues chord progression, with a 12-bar pattern using the three major chords of a scale. Each stanza of text is set to one 12-bar chorus, with the typical blues ranging from four to eight stanzas in length. Melody is strongly influenced by “blues notes that sound like “bent” or flattened third, fifth, and seventh notes of the major scale. Blues notes have a bittersweet emotional impact. Although vocals are the focus, performers usually improvise instrumental solos over blues chord progressions. In addition, performers can also contribute improvised “fills” at the end of a sung line in a kind of “call and response” style. One musical innovation was the development of the “bottleneck slide” style of guitar playing, which consists of scraping a knife or glass bottleneck up the guitar fingerboard to simulate vocal moans and slides.

Country Blues
The earliest blues, known as country or delta blues, were a product of the 19th-century Southern rural experience, especially after emancipation. Itinerant singer/guitarists (or harmonica players), generally men, traveled from one community to another singing about love, freedom, sex, and the sorrows of life. Important early musicians include Charlie Patton, Son House (who developed the bottleneck slide technique), and Robert Johnson.

Classic Blues
As rural African Americans migrated to urban areas such as Memphis and New Orleans in search of work, blues gradually became more of an urban phenomenon. Classic or urban blues featured a male or female singer usually accompanied by a piano or whole jazz combo. Capitalizing on the increasing popularity of urban blues, the music industry began publishing and marketing arrangements for blues compositions such as W. C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues” (1914). These songs became so successful that many popular songs that were not actually blues simply added the word blues to the title to ensure their popularity. New York vaudeville singer Mamie Smith’s 1920 recording of “Crazy Blues” launched the “race recording” industry, which targeted blues and jazz directly at the African American audience. These recordings proved popular with a larger American public as well, and blues recordings by performers such as Bessie Smith, “Empress of the Blues,” Jelly Roll Morton, Gertrude “Ma” Rainey, and Louis Armstrong dominated the musical landscape. Throughout the country blues could be heard in small dance
halls, barrooms, rent parties, and juke joints, where new styles such as “barrelhouse” and boogie-woogie were performed by pianists such as Clarence “Pine Top” Smith.
Electric Blues

After World War II, the center of blues activity moved to cities such as Chicago, where musicians such as Muddy Waters, Riley “B. B.” King, and Buddy Guy intensified the sound by amplifying the guitars and adding more emphasis to the drums. During the 1950s this style was adapted by white musicians as well, and rhythm and blues hits were often rerecorded (“covered”) by white musicians such as Elvis Presley and Bill Haley, transforming rhythm and blues into rock and roll. A decade later British musicians such as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and Eric Clapton returned to the blues roots as the source for their heavily amplified hard rock style. Although much of the energy of blues has been channeled into rock and rhythm and blues styles, traditional blues musicians such as John Lee Hooker, Etta Baker, Junior Wells, and Buddy Guy enjoy successful careers. Blues has also developed into a major force in contemporary music through the rock-edged style of Robert Cray, as well as roots-oriented jazz by musicians associated with Wynton Marsalis (see Marsalis, family), the zydeco sound, and some rap groups.


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FOREWORD by Michael Hawkeye Herman

There’s been considerable growth in the public’s interest in “alternative” genres/styles of music (blues, folk, bluegrass, old-timey, ethnic/world, etc.). I’m not going to try to analyze the phenomena, but I rejoice in it. When the consumer demands variety, the wise shopkeeper responds.

Besides playing and listening to the music, I enjoy reading biographies, autobiographies, various blues related historical material, and watching blues on video. I would like to see a bigger ‘catalog,’ variety, and selection of blues related books, literature, periodicals, and videos in the bookstores.

I’m frequently asked, “What books can I read to learn more about the music and the people of the Blues?” That’s a tough question, as there are many hundreds of titles. I don’t have time to read everything that’s available. I enjoy reading, but I’m no book reviewer. The purpose of this blues related book and video list is to give folks a ‘taste’ of the broad variety of blues related books, literature, and video that are available. The list is not “complete,” and it’s always growing. Even though the list is quite long, please take your time looking it over. I’m pretty sure you’ll see a number of titles and subjects that will pique your interest.

In some cases, the list includes the author(s) name(s), publishing company name(s) and city. Though many of the books/videos are only listed by the title and author(s), with that basic information, all you have to do is walk into, or call, your local book store and ask if you can place an order. Even easier, use any of the major online/Internet book selling web sites (, Borders, Barnes & Noble, etc.). When book retailers start getting people ordering books in this way, they will start to think about stocking a wider selection of music related books in their stores. You can try this same technique at your local library, as well. Ask if you can talk to a person in the “collection development / acquisitions” department. Show them your blues book and video want list!

This list is strictly a public service. I have no interest in selling books, just sharing information and my love and enthusiasm for all things ‘blues.’


101 Best Jazz Albums, The – Len Lyons – William Morrow & Co. – NY, NY

Africa and the Blues (American Made Music) – Gerhard Kubik

African Heritage of American English, The – Joseph E. Holloway – Indiana U. Press – Bloomington, IN

African American Literature – Keith Gilyard and Anissa Wardi – Penguin Academics / Pearson Longman

Afro-American Folk Songs – Henry Edward Krehbiel – Clearfield Pub. – 200 E. Eager St., Baltimore, MD 21200

Alan Lomax: Selected Writings, 1934-1997 – Ronald Cohen (Editor)

All Music Guide – Michael Erlewine – Miller Freeman – SF, CA

All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul – Vladimir Bogdanov

All Music Guide to the Blues: The Experts’ Guide to the Best Blues Recordings (2nd Ed) – Michael Erlewine, Chris Woodstra, Cub Koda, and Stephen Thomas Erlewine

All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues – Vladimir Bogdanov

Amazing Secret History Of Elmore James, The – Steve Franz – BlueSource Publications

American Rock “n” Roll on Tour – Dave Walker – Thunders’ Mouth Press

Art of Ragtime, The – William J. Schafer / Johannes Riedel – Louisiana St. Univ. Press

Back Woods Blues – Simon Napier – Blues Unlimited – London

Bad Woman Feeling Good, A: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them – Buzzy Jackson

Barrelhouse Blues: Location Recording and the Early Traditions of the Blues Hardcover – Paul Oliver

Barrelhouse Words: A Blues Dialect Dictionary – Stephen Calt

Bass Heroes – Tom Mulhern, edit. – Miller Freeman Pub. Blues Related Books 3

Beach Music: Forties, 1950s, 1960s, Big band, Swing music, Blues, Jump blues, Jazz, Doo- wop, Boogie, Rhythm and blues, Reggae, Rockabilly, Swing (dance), Carolina shag – Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster

Beale Black & Blue: Life and Music on Black America’s Main Street – Margaret McKee and Fred Chisenhall

Beale Street. Where the Blues Began – George W. Lee – Robert O. Ballou Pub. – NY, NY

Bebop: The Music and Its Players – Thomas Owens

Beneath the Underdog – Charles Mingus – Penguin Books

Bessie Smith – Paul Oliver – A. S. Barnes

Bessie: Empress of the Blues (Bessie Smith bio.) – Chris Albertson – Abacus / Sphere Books – London

Beyond Category: The Musical Genius of Duke Ellington – John Edward Hasse – Simon & Schuster – NY, NY

Bibliographical Dictionary of African and Afro-American Musicians, The – Eileen Southern – Greenwood Press

Big Road Blues – David Evans – Univ. California Press – Berkeley, CA -1981

Big Book of Blues, The: The Fully Revised and Updated Biographical Encyclopedia – Robert Santelli

Big Book of Blues, The – Hal Leonard Corp.- Big Books of Music

Big Boss Man – The Life & Music of Bluesman Jimmy Reed – Will Romano – Backbeat Books – San Francisco, CA

Billie Holiday Anthology: Lady Day Had a Right to Sing the Blues (Creative Concepts Publishing) – Billie Holiday

Bill Wyman’s Blues Odyssey: A Journey to Music’s Heart & Soul – Bill Wyman, Richard Havers – DK Publishing/0789480468

Bix: Man and Legend – R. Sudhalter / P. Evans / D. Myatt – Schirmer Books – NY, NY

Black American Music: Past and Present – Hildred Roach – Krieger Pub. Co. – Melbourne, Florida – 1992

Black and Blue: The Life and Lyrics of Andy Razaf – Barry Singer – Schirmer – NY, NY – 1993

Black Chicago – Allan H. Spear – Univ. Chicago Press – Chicago, IL

Black Metropolis – St. Clair Drake / Horace Clayton – Harper Torchbooks – NY, NY

Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom – Lawrence W. Levine

Black Music – Imamu A. Baraka (Leroi Jones) – William Morrow & Co. – NY, NY

Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920s – Daphne Duval Harrison – Rutgers Univ. Press – New Brunswick, NJ

Black Popular Music in America – Arnold Shaw – Schirmer Books – NY – 1986

Blacks, Whites and Blues – Tony Russell – Stein & Day – NY, NY

Blackwell Guide to Recorded Blues, The – Paul Oliver, edit. – Blackwell Pub. – Oxford, UK

Blackwell Guide to Recorded Jazz, The – Barry Kernfeld – Blackwell Pub.

Black Women and Music: More than the Blues (African American Music in Global Perspective) – Eileen M. Hayes and Linda F. Williams

Blind Lemon Jefferson: His Life, His Death, and His Legacy – Robert L. Uzzel – Eakin Publications/1571686568

Blowing the Blues: A Personal History of the British Blues – Dick Heckstall-Smith; Pete Grant

Blow My Blues Away – George Mitchell – Louisiana St. Univ. Press – Baton Rouge, LA

Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs – David Grazian – Univ. of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

Blue Devils of Nada: A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement, The – Albert Murray

Blues – Robert Neff / Anthony Connor – Godine Pub – Boston, MA

Blues: An Anthology: Complete Words and Music of 53 Great Songs – W. C. Handy

Blues, The: A Bibliographic Guide – Mary L. Hart / Brenda M. Eagles / Lisa N. Howorth – Garland Pub.

Blues (History of American Music, a) – Christopher Handyside

Blues and Evil – Jon Michael Spencer – Univ. of Tennessee Press

Blues & Gospel Records 1902-1942 – John Godrich / Robert M. W. Dixon – Storyville Pub. – London

Blues and Gospels – Marguerite Yourcenar – Gallimard Pub. – Paris – 1984

Blues and the Poetic Spirit – Paul Garon – Eddison Pub. – London

Blues: A Regional Experience (Greenwood Guides to American Roots Music) – Eric S. Leblanc

Blues: A Very Short Introduction, The (Very Short Introductions) – Elijah Wald

Blues Before Sunrise / The Radio Interviews – Steve Cushing

Blues Guitar: The Men Who Made the Music – Jas Obrecht – Miller Freeman Books – SF, CA

Blues Highway: New Orleans to Chicago: A Travel & Music Guide. The – Richard Knight – Globe Pequot Press/1873756437

Blues, The: Ideology and Afro-American Literature – Houston A. Baker Jr. – Univ. of Chicago Press – Chicago, IL

Bluesland – Pete Welding & Toby Byron , edits. – Dutton/Penguin – NY, NY

Blues Legends- Charles K. Cowdery and Raeburn Flerlage

Blues Line, The: Blues Lyrics from Leadbelly to Muddy Waters, The – Eric Sackheim and Jonathan Shahn

Blues Lyric Poetry: An Anthology – Michael Taft – Garland Pub.

Blues Mandolin Man: The Life and Music of Yank Rachell (American Made Music Series) – Richard Congress and David Evans

Bluesman, The: The Musical Heritage of Black Men & Women in the Americas – Julio Finn – Interlink Pub.

Blues: Melody/Lyrics/Chords, The (Paperback Songs) by Hal Leonard Corp.

Bluesmen, The – Samuel Charters – Oak Pub. – NY, NY

Blue Moment: Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue and the Remaking of Modern Music, The – Richard Williams

Blue Monday: Fats Domino and the Lost Dawn of Rock ‘n’ Roll – Rick Coleman

Blues and Gospel Records: 1890-1943 – Robert M. W. Dixon, John Godrich, and Howard W. Rye

Blues, Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Hip Hop, and Rap: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge Music Bibliographies) – Eddie S. Meadows

Blues, Ideology, and Afro-American Literature: A Vernacular Theory – Houston A. Baker Jr.

Blues Music in the Sixties: A Story in Black and White – Ulrich Adelt

Blues People / Negro Music in White America – Imamu A. Baraka (Leroi Jones) – Morrow Pub. – NY, NY

Blues Records 1943-1966 (vols. 1 & 2) – Mike Leadbitter / Neil Slaven – RIS – London

Blues Revival, The – Bob Groom – Studio Vista – London

BluesSpeak: The Best of the Original Chicago Blues Annual – Lincoln T Beauchamp Jr.

Blues: The British Connection – Bob Brunning – Blendford Pub. – London – 1986

Blues Traveling: The Holy Sites of Delta Blues – Steve Cheseborough – Univ. Press of Miss./1578062322

Blues Ukulele: A Jumpin’ Jim ‘s Ukulele Songbook (Book/CD) (Fretted) – Fred Sokolow

Blues With A Feeling: The Little Walter Story – Tony Glover – Routledge/0415937108

Bob Dylan: Behind the Shades – Clinton Heylin – Simon/Schuster – NY, NY

Bob Dylan: Performing Artist / Middle Years – Paul William – Underwood Pub.

Bodies & Soul – Al Young – Creative Art Book Co. – Berkeley, CA

Boogie Man / The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century – Charles Shaar Murray – St. Martin’s Griffin Pub. – NY, NY

Book of Negro Folklore, The – Langston Hughes / Arna Bontemps – Dodd, Mead, & Co. – NY, NY

Born With the Blues – Perry Bradford – Oak Pub. – NY, NY

Born to Win – Woody Guthrie

Boston Boy: Growing Up With Jazz and Other Rebellious Passions – Nat Hentoff

Broadcasting the Blues: Black Blues in the Segregation Era – Paul Oliver

Buried Treasures of The South – W.C. Jameson – August House – Little Rock, AR – 1992

Cajun Music & Zydeco – Philip Gould – Louisiana St. Univ. Press – Baton Rouge, LA – 1992

California Cool: W. Coast Jazz Album Covers – Graham Marsh – Chronicle Pub. – S.F., CA

Cambridge Companion to Blues and Gospel Music, The – Allan Moore

Canadian Music Genres: Canadian (disambiguation), First Nations, Music of Canada, Multiculturalism, Canadian classical music, Canadian rock, Canadian blues, Music of Canadian cultures – Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster

Can’t Be Satisfied/The Life And Times Of Muddy Waters – Robert Gordon – Little, Brown & Company / 0316164941

Catalyst: The Sun Story – Colin Escott / Martin Hawkins – Music Sales Pub. – 1979

Celebrating the Duke – Ralph J. Gleason – Little, Brown, & Co. – NY, NY

Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America, A – Craig Werner

Charley Patton – John Fahey – Studio Vista Pub. – London

Chasin’ That Devil Music: Searching for the Blues – Gayle Dean Wardlow – Backbeat Books/0879305525

Chess Blues Discography – Les Fancourt – Fancourt

Chess Labels, Vols. 1 & 2, The – Michael Ruppili – Greenwood Pub. -1983

Chicago Blues: Portraits and Stories (Music in American Life) – David G. Whiteis

Chicago Blues: The City & the Music – Mike Rowe

Chicago Breakdown – Michael Rowe – Drake Pub. – NY, NY

Chicago Folk: Images of the Sixties Music Scene – Ronald D. Cohen, Bob Riesman, and Raeburn Flerlage

Children of the Blues: 40 Musicians Shaping a New Generation of Blues Tradition – Art Tipaldi – Backbeat Books/0879307005

Chuck Berry – The Autobiography – C. Berry – Simon & Schuster – NY, NY

Cincinnati Sound, The (Images of America: Ohio) – Randy McNutt

Classic Rock and Other Rollers – Baron Wolman – Squarebooks

Complete Muddy Waters Discography, The – Phil Wright / Fred Rothwell – Blues & Rhythm – England

Conversations with the Blues – Paul Oliver – Horizon Press – 1983

Cool Gent, The: The Nine Lives of Radio Legend Herb Kent – Herb Kent

Cotton Club, The – Jim Haskins – Random House – NY, NY Blues

Country Music Story, The – Robert Shelton / Bert Goldblatt – Castle Books – Secaucus, NJ

Country Music USA (A Fifty-Year History) – Bill C. Malone – Univ. of Texas Press – Austin, TX

Cousin Joe: Blues from New Orleans – Harriet J. Ottenheimer/J. Pleasant – Univ. Chicago Press – Chicago – 1987

Crossroads: The Life and Afterlife of Blues Legend Robert Johnson – Tom Graves

Cross the Water Blues: African American Music in Europe by Neil A. Wynn

Crying for the Carolinas – Bruce Bastin – Studio Vista – London

Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues – Donald E. Wilcox / Buddy Guy – Woodford Press – SF, CA – 1993

Darker Blues – David Raccuglia – Fat Possum Records/0972435204

Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues Revival – Colin Harper and Johnny Marr

Dead Elvis – Greil Marcus – Doubleday – NY, NY

Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta – Robert Palmer – Penguin – NY, NY

Deep Soul Piano – (Little Brother Montgomery) – Karl Gert zur Heide – Studio Vista – London

Definitive Blues Collection, The (Definitive Collections) – Hal Leonard Corp.

Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music – Ted Gioia

Delta Time: A journey Through Mississippi – Tony Dunbar – Pantheon

Devil’s Music: A History of the Blues, The – Giles Oakley – Harcourt/0156255863

Devil’s Son-in-Law, The: Peetie Wheatstraw – Paul Garon – Studio Vista Pub. – London

Down at Theresa’s – Chicago Blues: The Photographs of Marc PoKempner – Marc Pokempner, Wolfgang Schorlau – Prestel USA/3791323008

Down Home Guide to the Blues, The – Frank Scott – A Cappella Press

Downhome Blues Lyrics: An Anthology from the Post World War II Era – Jeff Tilton – U. of IL Press – Urbana, IL

Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues – Roger Wood – Univ. of Texas Press/0292791593

Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke – Peter Guralnick

Drummers Path, The – Sule Greg Wilson – Inner Traditions Pub.

Drumming at the Edge of Magic (2 cass.) – Mickey Hart – Harper Pub. – NY, NY

Duke Ellington Reader, The – Mark Tucker, edit. – Oxford Univ. Press – 1993

Dylan: A Man Called Alias – Richard Williams – Holt Pub. – NY, NY

Earl Hooker, Blues Master (American Made Music Series) – Sebastian Danchin

Early Black Photographers 1840-1940 – Deborah Thomas – Norton Pub.

Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis (Cultural Studies of the United States) – Jeff Todd Titon Univ. of Illinois Press – Urbana, IL

Earl Hooker, Blues Master (American Made Music Series) – Sebastian Danchin – Univ. Press of Mississippi/157806306X

Early Jazz Greats trading cards – drawn by R. Crumb w / bio. on reverse – Eclipse – Forestville, CA

Eddie Condon’s Scrapbook of Jazz – E. Condon / H. O’Neal – Galahad Books – NY, NY

Electric Gypsy: Jimi Hendrix – Harry Shapiro – St. Martin’s Press

Elvis – Dave Marsh – Thunder’s Mouth Press

Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, The (vols. 1-4) – Chas. R. Wilson / Wm. Ferris – Doubleday – NY, NY – 1991

Encyclopedia of Jazz, The – Leonard Feather – Bonanza Books – NY, NY

Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, The – Keith Shadwick – Oceana Pub. – London

Encyclopedia of the Blues – Gerald Herzhaft – Univ. of Arkansas Press – Little Rock, AR

Encyclopedia of the Blues, 2 Volume Set – Edward Komara

Eric Clapton: A Life In The Blues – Music Sales America/Music Sales Corporation

Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues – Elijah Wald

Eubie Blake – Al Rose – Schirmer Books – NY, NY

Evolution of Modern Popular Music: A history of Blues, Jazz, Country, R&B, Rock and Rap – Mark Vinet

Faber Companion / 20th Century Popular Music – Hardy / Laing – Faber & Faber Pub.

Feel Like Going Home: Portraits in Blues & Rock ‘N’ Roll – Peter Guralnick – Harperperennial Library Pub./0060971754

‘Fessor Mojo’s Don’t Start Me Talkin’ (Sonny Boy Williamson story and discography) – William E. Donoghue

Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues – Joe Evans and Christopher Brooks – African American Music in Global Perspective

From Birdland to Broadway: Scenes from a Jazz Life – Bill Crow – Oxford Univ. Press – 1992

From Blues to Pop: The Autobiography of Leonard “Baby Do” Caston – Jeff Tilton -John Edwards Memorial Found.

From Cakewalks to Concert Halls: Illus. History of Black Pop. Music from 1895-1930 – Thomas L. Morgan / William Barlow – Elliot & Clark Pub.

Gangster of Love: Johnny “Guitar” Watson: Performer, Preacher, Pimp, The – Vincent Bakker

Getting the Blues: What Blues Music Teaches Us about Suffering and Salvation – Stephen Nichols

Give ‘Em Soul, Richard!: Race, Radio, and Rhythm and Blues in Chicago – Richard Stamz with Patrick A. Roberts

Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues – William Ferris

Glory Road, The: The Story of Josh White – Dorothy Schainman Siegel – Shoe Tree Press – Crazet, VA 22932

Goin’ Back to Sweet Memphis: Conversations with the Blues – Fred J. Hay and George D. Davidson

Goin’ to Kansas City – Nathan Pearson – Univ. Illinois Press – Champagne, IL – 1987

Going to Chicago – A Year on the Blues Scene (photos) – Stephen Green – Woodford Pub.

Good CD Guide, 1993, The – Christopher Pollard – General Gram.

Good Rockin’ Tonight: Sun Records and the Birth of Rock ‘N’ Roll – Colin Escott, St. Martin’s Press/0312081995

Gospel Sound, The: Good News and Bad Times – Tony Heilbut – Limelight Editions

Great God A’Mighty! The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music – Jerry Zolten

Grove Press Guide To Blues On CD, The – Frank John Hadley – Grove Press – NY, NY – 1993

Guinness Who’s Who of Blues, The – Collin Larkin, edit

Hand Me My Travelin’ Shoes: In Search of Blind Willie McTell – Michael Gray

Hard Luck Blues: Roots Music Photographs from the Great Depression (Music in American Life) – Rich Remsberg

Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers – Kim Field – Simon & Schuster – NY, NY

Hearing Eye: Jazz & Blues Influences in African American Visual Art, The – Graham Lock and David Murray

Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya: The Story of Jazz – N. Shapiro / N. Hentoff – Dover Pub. – NY, NY

Heroes of the Blues trading cards – drawn by R. Crumb w / bio. on reverse – Eclipse – Forestville, CA

Highway 61 Revisited: The Tangled Roots of American Jazz, Blues, Rock, & Country Music – Gene Santoro

History of the Blues – Leonard Feather – Charles Hanson – NY, NY

History of the Blues, The (The Music Library) – Andy Koopmans

History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People, The – Francis Davis

Hole in Our Soul: The Loss of Beauty and Meaning in American Popular Music – Martha Bayles

Honkers and Shouters – Arnold Shaw – MacMillan Pub. – NY, NY

Hot and Cool : Jazz Short Stories – Marcela Breton, ed. – Penguin Books – NY, NY

Hound Dog: The Leiber & Stoller Autobiography – Jerry Leiber

How Britain Got the Blues: The Transmission and Reception of American Blues Style in the United Kingdom – Roberta Freund Schwartz – Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series

How the Beatles Destroyed Rock n Roll: An Alternative History of American Popular Music – Elijah Wald

I Am The Blues / The Willie Dixon Story – Willie Dixon and Don Snowden

I Hear You Knockin’: The Sound of New Orleans – Jeff Hannusch – Swallow Pub. – 1985

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Black Music, The – Harmony Books – NY – 1982

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz, The – Brian Case / Stan Britt – Harmony Books – NY, NY

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, The – Nick Logan / Bob Woffinden – Harmony Books – NY, NY

Incompleat Folksinger, The – Pete Seeger – Univ. of Nebraska Press – Lincoln, NE

Incurable Blues: The Troubles and Triumph of Blues Legend Hubert Sumlin (Book) – Will Romano and Hubert Sumlin

In Search of the Blues – Marybeth Hamilton

In Search of the Blues: A Journey to the Soul of Black Texas – Bill Minutaglio

In the Groove – Ted Fox

I Put a Spell on You – Nina Simone – Random House – NY, NY

I Say Me For A Parable: The Oral Autiobio. of Mance Lipscomb, Texas Bluesman – Glen Alyn – W.W. Norton – NY

It Ain’t Easy: Long John Baldry and the Birth of the British Blues – Paul Myers

It Came From Memphis – Robert Gordon and Peter Guralnick – Faber & Faber Pub./0571198813

I, Tina Turner, My Life Story – Tina Turner / Kurt Loder – Wm. Morrow Co. – NY, NY – 1986

James Brown Reader: Fifty Years of Writing About the Godfather of Soul, The – Nelson George

Jazz and Blues – Graham Valliamy

Jazz & Blues Lover’s Guide to the U.S., The – Christine Bird – Addison Wesley Co.

Jazz Ladies Print Portfolio – Pomegranate Books – Petaluma, CA

Jazz Lexicon, A – Robert S. Gold – Knopf – NY, NY

Jazz Lives – Gene Lees – Firefly Pub.

Jazz Style in Kansas City and the Southwest – Ross Russell – Univ Calif. Press – Berkeley, CA

Jelly’s Blues: The Life, Music, and Redemption of Jelly Roll Morton – Howard Reich and William M. Gaines

Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found – Joe Bonomo

Jimi (an intimate biography of Jimi Hendrix) – Curtis Knight – Praeger Pub. – NY, NY

Jimmie Rodgers – Nolan Porterfield – Univ. of Illinois Press – Champaign, IL – 1992 Blues

John Hammond On Record – J. Hammond / Irving Townsend – Ridge Press / Summit Books – NY, NY

Josh White: Society Blues – Elijah Wald

Juke Joint (photos)- Birney Imes – Univ. Mississippi Press – Oxford,

Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations – Brian Ward

Keith Richards: The Biography – Victor Bockris – Simon/Schuster – NY, NY

Kennedy’s Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs on JFK – Guido van Rijn and Brian Ward

Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece – Ashley Kahn

King Blue – Al Simmons – Stone Wind Pub. – Chicago, IL

King of the Queen City: The Story of King Records (Music in American Life) – Jon Hartley Fox

King of the Delta Blues / The Life and Music of Charlie Patton) – Stephen Calt and Gayle Wardlow – Rock Chapel Press – Newton, NJ

King Records of Cincinnati (Images of America) – Randy McNutt

Lady Sings the Blues – Billie Holiday – Avon Books – NY, NY

Land Where the Blues Began, The – Alan Lomax – Pantheon Books – Westminster, MD – 1993

Language of the Blues: From Alcorub to Zuzu, The – Debra DeSalvo

Last Days of John Lennon, The – Frederic Seaman – Dell Pub. – NY, NY

Last Train to Memphis – Peter Guralnick – Little Brown & Co./0316332259

Lead Belly: A Life in Pictures – Tyehimba Jess, Tiny Robinson, John Reynolds, and Tom Waits

Leadbelly – No Stranger to the Blues (Richmond Music Folios) – Leadbelly and Hal Leonard Corp.

Let the Good Times Roll (Louis Jordan) – John Chilton – Great Britain

Lexicon of Black English, The – J.L. Dillard – Seabury Press, NY, NY

Lightnin’ Hopkins: His Life and Blues – Alan Govenar

Life and Legend of Leadbelly, The – Charles Wolfe / Kip Lornell – Harper Collins Pub. – NY, NY Blues

Life and Times of Little Richard, The – Charles White – Pocket Books (Simon / Schuster) – NY, NY

Listen to the Blues – Bruce Cook – Charles Scribner’s Sons Pub.- NY, NY

Listener’s Guide to the Blues, The – Peter Guralnick

Little Richard: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hardcover – David Kirby

Living Country Blues – Harry Oster – Folklife Assoc. – Detroit, MI

Living the Blues: Canned Heat’s Story of Music, Drugs, Death, Sex and Survival – Fito de la Parra, T.W. McGarry, and Marlane McGarry

Lonely Avenue: The Unlikely Life and Times of Doc Pomus – Alex Halberstadt

Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920 (Music in American Life) – by Peter C. Muir

Looking Up At Down: The Emergence of Blues Culture – William Barlow

Louisiana Music: A Journey from R&B to Zydeco, Jazz to Country, Blues to Gospel, Cajun Music to Swamp Pop to Carnival Music and Beyond – Rick Koster

Louisiana Rocks!: The True Genesis of Rock and Roll – Tom Aswell

Long Blues in A Minor – Gerardi Herzhaft – Univ. Arkansas Press – 1988

Looking Up at Down: The Emergence of Blues Culture – William A. Barlow – Temple Univ. Press – 1989

Lost Highway – Peter Guralnick – Vintage Books – NY, NY

Machers and Rockers / Chess records and the Business of Rock & Roll – Rich Cohen – Atlas Books / W.W. Norton Co. – NY, NY

The Making of Kind of Blue: Miles Davis and His Masterpiece – Eric Nisenson

Ma Rainey and the Classic Blues Singers – Derrick Stewart-Baxter – Stein & Day Pub. – NY, NY

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – August Wilson – Dutton – 1985

Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey – Peter Guralnick, Robert Santelli, and Christopher John Farley

Meaning of the Blues, The – Paul Oliver – Collier Books – NY, NY

Meeting Jimmie Rodgers: How America’s Original Roots Music Hero Changed the Pop Sounds of a Century – Barry Mazor

Meeting the Blues – Alan Govenar – Taylor Pub.

Memphis & the Delta Blues Trail: Great Destinations: A Complete Guide (Great Destinations) – Justin Gage and Melissa Gage

Memphis Blues – Bengt Olsson – Studio Vista – London

Memphis Blues: Birthplace Of A Music Tradition (Images of America) – William Bearden and Knox Phillips

Memphis Blues Again: Six Decades of Memphis Music Photographs, The – Ernest C. Withers, Daniel Wolff – Viking Press/0670030317

Really the Blues – Mezz Messrow / Bernard Wolfe – Doubleday – NY, NY

Memphis Music Before the Blues (Images of America) – Tim Sharp

Michael Bloomfield – If You Love These Blues: An Oral History (Book) by Jan Mark Wolkin, Bill Keenom, and Michael Bloomfield

Midnight Special (the legend of Leadbelly), The – Richard M.Garvin / Edward G. Addeo – Bernard Geiss Assoc.

Miles Davis for Beginners – Daryl Long – Writers & Readers Pub.

Mister Jelly Roll – Alan Lomax – Pantheon Books (Random House) – NY, NY – 1993

Mister Satan’s Apprentice: A Blues Memoir – Adam Gussow

Mitchell & Ruff: An American Profile in Jazz – William Zinsser

Moanin’ At Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf – James Segrest

Monterey Pop – Joel Selvin – Chronicle Pub. – S.F., CA

Mother of the Blues: A Study of Ma Rainey – Sandra Lieb – Univ. of Mass. Press – Amhurst, MA

Musical Gumbo: The Music of New Orleans – Grace Lichtenstein/Laura Danker – W.W. Norton Co. – NY, NY

MusicHound Blues: The Essential Album Guide (Musichound Essential Album Guides) – Leland Rucker and Tim Schuller

Music Makers: Portraits and Songs from the Roots of America – Tim Duffy – Hill Street Press/1588180859

Music of Black Americans, The – Eileen Southern – W.W. Norton – NY – 1983 Blues Related Books 16

Music of _____ (series) – many books on regional music history and background on styles of music in the USA and Canada, titled by region, by state/province, by city, and by genre/style have been published by:

Alphascript Publishing – Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster

and by:

Betascript Publishing – Lambert M. Surhone, Miriam T. Timpledon, and Susan F. Marseken

(samples below)

Music of Chicago: Music of Chicago – Jazz, Chicago blues, Soul music, Chicago Cubs, House music, Chicago house, Dixieland, Chicago soul, Chicago hardcore, Chicago hip hop, Chicago Jazz Festival – John McBrewster, Frederic P. Miller, and Agnes F. Vandome

Music of Louisiana: Cajun, Cajun music, Creole music, Swamp blues, Swamp pop, Zydeco, Music of New Orleans, Jazz, New Orleans blues, List of festivals in Louisiana – Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster

Music of Texas: Tejano music, Punk rock, Mariachi, Country music, Blues – Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster

Myth of the Negro Past, The – Melville J. Herskovits

My Years With Bob Wills – Al Stricklin / Jon McConal – Naylor Co. – San Antonio, TX

Native American music: Native American music, Genre, Rock and roll, Blues, Hip hop music, Classical music, Film score, Reggae, Love song, Kwakwaka’wakw – John McBrewster, Frederic P. Miller, and Agnes F. Vandome

Negro Folk Music: USA – Harold Courlander – Columbia Univ. Press – NY, NY

Nighthawk Blues (a novel) – Peter Guralnick – Seaview Books

Nobody Knows Where the Blues Come From: Lyrics and History (American Made Music) – Robert Springer

Nothing But the Blues – Mike Leadbitter – Hanover Books – London

Nothing But the Blues – Lawrence Cohn – Abbeville Press – N.Y. / London – 1993

NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Blues, The – David Evans and Taj Mahal

Of Minnie the Moocher and Me – Cab Calloway / Bryant Rollins – Thomas Y. Crowell Co. – NY, NY

Oh, What A Beautiful City – Robert Tilling – Univ. of Georgia Press – Athens, GA – 1993-P.Mill Press – UK

One Shoe Blues – Sandra Boynton and B.B. King

Pantheon Guide to Jazz, The – Tom Piazza – Random House – NY, NY Blues

Paramount’s Rise and Fall – Alex van der Tuuk – Mainspring Press – Denver, CO

Penguin Guide to Blues Recordings, The – Tony Russell, Chris Smith, Neil Slaven, and Ricky Russell

Pioneers of Country Music tr. cds. – drawn by R. Crumb w / bio. on reverse – Eclipse – Forestville, CA

Poetry of the Blues, The – Samuel Charters – Oak Pub. – NY, NY

Pops Foster: New Orleans Jazzman – G. Foster / T. Stoddard – Univ. Calif. Press – Berkeley, CA

Portraits of Twelve Major American Blues Masters – Pete Welding / Toby Byron

Power of Black Music: Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States, The – Samuel A. Floyd Jr.

Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America, The – Nicholas Lemann – Knopf Pub.

Queen of the Blues (Dinah Washington) – Jim Haskins – William Morrow & Co. – NY, NY

Rage to Survive: The Etta James Story – Etta James

Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, “Coon Songs,” and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz (American Made Music Series) – Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff

R. Crumb Draws the Blues – Robert Crumb

R. Crumb’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country – R. Crumb – Abrams – NY, NY

Ramblin’ on My Mind: New Perspectives on the Blues (African American Music in Global Perspective) – David Evans

Rap Attack 2: African Rap / Global Hip Hop – David Toop – Serpent’s Tail Pub.

Really the Blues – Bernard Wolfe and Mezz Mezzrow

Record Makers and Breakers: Voices of the Independent Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneers (Music in American Life) – John Broven

Recording the Blues – Robert Dixon / John Godrich – Studio Vista – London

Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast – Bruce Bastin – MacMillan Pub. – London – 1986

Reds, Whites, and Blues: Social Movements, Folk Music, and Race in the United States (Princeton Studies in Cultural Sociology) – William G. Roy

Remembering Bix – Ralph Berton – Harper & Row – NY, NY

Rhino’s Cruise Through the Blues (Book) – Barry Hansen

Rhythm and the Blues: A Life in American Music – Jerry Wexler and David Ritz – Knopf – NY, NY

Rhythm and Blues In New Orleans – John Broven

Rhythm and Blues, Rap, and Hip-Hop (American Popular Music) – Frank W. Hoffmann

Rhythm Oil: A Journey Through the Music of the American South – Stanley Booth

Right to Sing the Blues, A: African Americans, Jews, and American Popular Song – Jeffrey Melnick

Rise of Gospel Blues, The: The Music of Thomas Andrew Dorsey in the Urban Church – Michael W. Harris

Road to Robert Johnson, The: The Genesis and Evolution of Blues in the Delta From the Late 1800s Through 1938 (Guitar Educational) – Edward Komara and Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson: Lost and Found (Music in American Life) – Barry Lee Pearson, Bill McCulloch – Univ of Illinois Press/025202835X

Rock and Pop: Day by Day – Frank Laufenberg – Sterling Pub.

Rock and Roll: The 100 Best Singles – Paul Williams – Carroll & Graff Pub.

Rock ‘N’ Roll 39-59 – Charlie Gillett

Rock Art: Family Dog Concert Print Portfolio – Pomegranate – Petaluma, CA

Rock Folk – Michael Lyndon – Carol Pub.

Rock Names – Adam Dolgins – Carol Pub.

Rollin’ and Tumblin’: The Postwar Blues Guitarists – Jas Obrecht

Rolling Stone III. History of Rock – Anthony de Curtis – Random House – NY, NY

Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music (Cultural Studies of the United States) – Benjamin Filene

Roosevelt’s Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs on FDR – Guido van Rijn and Paul Oliver – American Made Music Series

Roots and Blues: A Celebration – Arnold Adoff and R. Gregory Christie Blues Related Books 19

Rough Guide to Blues (Rough Guide Reference), The – Nigel Williamson

Russia Gets the Blues: Music, Culture, and Community in Unsettled Times (Culture and Society After Socialism) – Michael E. Urban and Andrei Evdokimov

Sam Myers: The Blues Is My Story (American Made Music Series) – Sam Myers and Jeff Horton

Satchmo – Louis Armstrong – Signet Books – NY, NY

Savannah Syncopators: African Retentions in the Blues – Paul Oliver – Madison Books

Searching for Robert Johnson – Peter Guralnick, Plume Pub./0452279496

Seeds of Man – Woody Guthrie – Pocket Books – NY, NY

Seems Like Murder Here: Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition – Adam Gussow – University of Chicago Press

Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow (Refiguring American Music) – Karl Hagstrom Miller

Selections from the Gutter – Art Hodes / Chadwick Hansen – Univ. Calif. Press – Berkeley, CA

Setting the Record Straight: The music and careers of recording artists from the 1950s and early 1960s … in their own words – Anthony Musso

She’s a Rebel: History of Women in Rock and Roll – Gillian G. Gear – Seal Pub.

Shining Trumpets – Rudi Blesh – Cassell Pub. – London

Showtime at the Apollo – Ted Fox

Singer of the Blues – Frank Surge – Lerner

Six Blues-Roots Pianists – Eric Kriss – Beeekman Pub.

Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands – Lydia Parrish – Univ. of Georgia Press – Athens, GA – 1993

Slave Songs of the United States – W.F. Allen/C.P. Ware/L.M. Garrison – Clearfield Co. – Baltimore, MD

Somebody’s Angel Child: The Story fo Bessie Smith – Carman Moore – Crowell Pub.

Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Rhythm and Blues Nation – Mark Anthony Neal

Songsters and Saints – Paul Oliver – Cambridge Univ. Press – London – 1984

Soul and R&B (A History of American Music) – Christopher Handyside Blues Related Books 20

Soul Music A – Z – Hugh Gregory – Sterling Pub.

Soul of New Orleans, The: A Legacy of Rhythm and Blues – Jeffery Hannusch

Sound of the City, The (The Rise of Rock ‘n’ Roll) – Charles Gillett – Dell Pub. – NY, NY

Sounds Good to Me – Barry L. Pearson – L. Filipacchi Pub. – Paris – 1985

Sounds of the South – Daniel Patterson, edit. – Duke Univ. Press (Southern Folklore Series)

Southern Rock: Rock Music, Americana, Rock and Roll, Country Music, Blues. Blues, Swamp Rock – Lambert M. Surhone, Miriam T. Timpledon, and Susan F. Marseken

Spinning Blues Into Gold: The Chess Brothers and Legendary Chess Records – Nadine Cohodas

Spirituals and the Blues: An Interpretation, The – James H. Cone – Seabury Press

Squeeze My Lemon: A Collection of Classic Blues Lyrics (Book) – Randy Poe

Stagolee Shot Billy – Cecil Brown – Harvard Univ Press/0674010566

State of the Blues: The Living Legacy of the Delta by Jeff Dunas, William Ferris, and John Lee Hooker

Stevie Ray Vaughn – Caught in the Crossfire – Joe Nick Patoski / Bill Crawford

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Soul to Soul – Keri Leigh – Taylor Publishing

Stonemans – An Appalachian Family and the Music That Shaped

Their Lives, The – Ivan M. Tribe – U. of IL. Press – Champagne, IL

Story of Chess Records, The – John Collis

Story of the Blues, The – Paul Oliver – Chilton Book Co. – Philadelphia, PA

Strange Brew: Eric Clapton and the British Blues Boom – Christopher Hjort and John Mayall

Sunnyland Blues – Jack Vaughn and Sunnyland Slim – Proudtooth Pub. – Boston, MA

Swamp Pop: Cajun and Creole Rhythm and Blues (American Made Music Series) – Shane K. Bernard

Sweet as the Showers of Rain – Samuel Charters – Oak Publications – NY, NY

Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of

Freedom – Peter Guralnick – Harperperennial Library Pub./0060960493

Swing City: Newark Nighlife, 1925 -1950 – Barbara J. Kukla – Temple Pub.

Swing That Music – Louis Armstrong

T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do: Women Blues Singers Old And New – Rhetta Akamatsu

Talking Jazz: An Illustrated Oral History – Ben Sidran – Pomegranate Books – Petaluma, CA

Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound (John and Robin Dickson Series in Texas Music, sponsored by the Center for Texas) – Dr. Alan B. Govenar PhD.

They All Played Ragtime – Rudi Blesh / Harriet Janis – Oak Pub. – NY, NY

Tommy Johnson – David Evans – Studio Vista Pub. – London

Transforming Tradition – Meil V. Rosenberg, edit. – Univ. of Illinois Press – Champagne, IL

Treasury of Southern Folklore, A – B. A. Botkin

Trumpet Records: An Illustrated History w/discography – Marc Ryan – Big Nickel Pub. – Milford, NH – 1992

Uncloudy Days: The Gospel Music Encyclopedia – Bil Carpenter

Upside Your Head!: Rhythm and Blues on Central Avenue (Music/Culture) – Johnny Otis and George Lipsitz

Up The Mississippi / A Journey of the Blues – book and CD anthology of blues music – Eunice Boardman (edit.) – Mississippi Valley Blues Society (

Urban Blues – Charles Keil – University of Chicago Press/0226429601

Virginia Blues: Country and Gospel Records 1902-1943 – An Annotated Discography – Kip Lornell – U. Kentucky

Virginia Piedmont Blues: The Lives & Art of Two Virginia Bluesmen (Cephas / Wiggins)- Barry Lee Pearson – U. PA Press

The Voice of the Blues: Classic Interviews from Living Blues Magazine – Jim O’Neal and Amy van Singel – Routledge/0415936543

Voice of the Delta, The – Robert Sacre, edit. – Liege Univ. Press – Liège, – 1987

W.C. Handy: The Life and Times of the Man Who Made the Blues – David Roberston

We’ll Understand It Better By And By – Bernice Johnson – Harper Collins – NY, NY – 1992

What Do They Want?: A Jazz Autobiography – Sammy Price Blues Related Books 22

What Was the First Rock ‘n’ Roll Record? – Dawson / Propes – Faber & Faber Pub.

Wheelin’ on Beale – Louis Cantor – Pharos Pub. – 1992

When Harlem Was in Vogue – David Levering Lewis

Who’s Who in Jazz – John Chilton – Time-Life Special Edition – NY, NY

Who’s Who in Soul Music – Ralph Tee – Prima Pub.

Willie Dixon – The Master Blues Composer – Willie Dixon

Willie Dixon: Preacher of the Blues – Mitsutoshi Inaba

Woke Me Up This Morning: Black Gospel Singers and the Gospel Life (American Made Music Series) – Alan Young

Woke Up This Mornin’: Poetry of the Blues – A.X. Nicholas – Bantam – NY, NY

World Don’t Owe Me Nothin’, The – Honeyboy Edwards – Chicago Review Press, Chicago, IL

Women, Race and Class – Angela Yvonne Davis

Woody Guthrie: A Life – Joe Klein – A. Knopf – NY, NY

World of Duke Ellington, The – Stanley Dance – Chas. Scribner’s & Sons – NY, NY

World of Earl Hines, The – Stanley Dance – Chas. Scribner’s & Sons – NY, NY

World of Jazz, The – Jim Godbolt – Wellfleet Press (Book Sales, Inc.) – Secaucus, NJ

World of Jazz, The – Rodney Dale – Elsevier-Dutton (Sequoia Elsevier, Inc.) – NY, NY

World of Swing, The – Stanley Dance – Chas. Scribner’s & Sons – NY, NY

Zydeco: Traditional Music, Louisiana Creole, Accordion, Washboard, Frottoir, Rhythm and Blues, Soul Music, Brass Band – Lambert M. Surhone, Miriam T. Timpledon, and Susan F. Marseken

The following books are all published by Da Capo Press, Inc., 233 Spring Street, NY, NY 10013:

A Left Hand Like God: A History of Boogie Woogie Piano – Peter Sylvester

Ain’t Misbehavin’: The Story of Fats Waller – Ed Kirkeby

Arrival of B.B. King, The – Charles Sawyer

Art of Jazz, The – Martin Williams

Art of Ragtime, The – William J. Schafer / Johannes Riedel

Big Bill Blues: William Broonzy Story – William Broonzy / Yannick Bruynoghe

Big Road Blues – David Evans

Billie’s Blues – John Chilton

Bird: The Legend of Charlie Parker – Robert Reisner

Black Magic – Langston Hughes

Black Musical Theatre – Allen Woll

Black Talk – Ben Sidran

Blow My Blues Away – George Mitchell

Bluegrass Breakdown – Robert Cantwell

Blues & the Poetic Spirit – Paul Green

Blues from the Delta – William R. Ferris / 0306803275

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude ‘Ma’ Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday by Angela Davis

Blues Makers: Containing Reprints of Two Titles: The Bluesmen and

Sweet As the Showers of Rain, The – Samuel Barclay Charters – 0306804387

Blues Off the Record – Paul Oliver

Blues Who’s Who – Sheldon Harris

Blues: An Anthology – W.C. Handy Blues Related Books 24

Bossmen: Bill Monroe and Muddy Waters – James Rooney

Brother Ray – Ray Charles / David Ritz

Chicago Blues: The City and the Music – Michael Rowe

Chicago Breakdown – Michael Rowe

Country Blues, The – Samuel Charters

The Da Capo Jazz and Blues Lover’s Guide to the United States – Christiane Bird

Dexter Gordon: A Musical Biography – Stan Britt

Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye – David Ritz

Duke Ellington In Person – Duke Ellington

Eric Clapton: Lost in the Blues – Harry Shapiro

Father of the Blues – W.C. Handy

I Am the Blues; The Willie Dixon Story – Willie Dixon / Don Snowden

Jazz Life, The – Nat Hentoff

Jazz: America’s Classical Music – Grover Sales

Jimmie the Kid (The Life of Jimmie Rodgers) – Mike Paris / Chris Comber

Keith Jarrett: The Man and His Music – Ian Carr

Left hand Like God / A History Of Boogie Woogie Piano, A – Peter J.Silvester

Legacy of the Blues, The – Samuel Charters

Legend – Ruth Brown, Andrew Yule (Contributor)

Louis: The Louis Armstrong Story – Max Jones / John Chilton

Love In Vain: A Vision Of Robert Johnson – Alan Greenberg, Stanley Crouch – 030680557X

Mingus: A Critical Biography – Brian Priestley

Miss Rhythm: The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm and Blues

Music is My Mistress – Duke Ellington

Piece of My Heart -: A Portrait of Janis Joplin – David Dalton Blues Related Books 25

Rage to Survive – Etta James, David Ritz

Reggae Bloodlines – Davis / Simon

Rhythm Oil: A Journey Through the Music of the American South – Stanley Booth – 0306809796

Right On: From Blues to Soul in Black America – Michael Haralambos

Roots of the Blues: An African Search, The – Samuel Charters

Screening the Blues: Aspects of the Blues Tradition – Paul Oliver

Stomping the Blues – Albert Murray

Stormy Monday: The T-Bone Walker Story – Helen O. Dance

Those Swinging Years – Charlie Barnet

To Be or Not to Bop – Dizzy Gillespie

We Called It Music: A Generation of Jazz – Eddie Condon

White Boy Singin’ the Blues – Michael Bane

Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie’s Blues – Paul and Beth Garon

World of Count Basie, The – Stanley Dance


Blues Videos

Albert Collins 1992 – Montreux Sounds EE 39163-9

American Folk Blues Festival 1962-1966 – numerous video volumes

An American Songster (John Jackson) – Rhapsody Films

A Well Spent Life – Mance Lipscomb – 44 min.

Ballad of Rambin’ Jack – Ramblin’ Jack Elliot – 60 min.

Big City Blues (w/ Jim Brewer and Son Seals) – 30 min.

Blues Accordin’ to Lightin’ Hopkins, w/ Sun’s Gonna Shine – 41min.

Blues House Party

Bluesland – various artists Blues Related Books 26

Blues Like Showers of Rain – 30 min.

Bonnie Raitt – Montreux Sounds DVD EE 39082-9

Born for Hard Luck (Peg Leg Sam) – Univ. of N. Carolina

Brother to Brother / a film (narrated drama) about the Harlem Renaissance – writer/director Rodney Evans

Bukka White & Son House – 60 min. – Masters of the Country Blues (with intro. by Taj Mahal)

Canned Heat – Montreux Sounds EE 39126-9

Carlos Santana Plays Blues at Montreux 2004 – with Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Bobby Parker, and Buddy Guy – Montreux Sounds EE 39164-9 – 93 min.

Charles Mingus 1975 – Montreux Sounds EE 39047-9

Chicago Blues (w/ Muddy Waters and Floyd Jones) – 50 min.

Clifton Chenier: King of Zydeco

Curtis Mayfield 1987 – Montreux Sounds EE 39041-9

Dave Van Ronk

Deep Blues – A Musical Pilgrimage to the Crossroads with Robert Palmer

Devil Got My Woman / Blues at Newport 1966 – Skip James, Son House, Howlin’ Wolf, Bukka White, Rev. Pearly Brown – Vestapol #13049

Dreams and Songs of the Noble Old – narr. by Alan Lomax – Rhapsody Films

Dr. John – Montreux Sounds DVD EE 39099-9

Ella Fizgerald 1969 – Montreux Sounds EE 39048-9

Eric Clapton 1986 – Montreux Sounds EE 39125-9

Good Morning, Blues – PBS – Shanachie / Yazoo

Hot Pepper: The Life and Music of Clifton Chenier

James Brown 1987 – Montreux Sounds EE 39102-9

Jeff Healey Band, The – Montreux Sounds DVD EE 39045-9

Johnny Lang Live at Montreux 1999 – Montreux Sounds EE 39147-9 Blues Related Books 27

Ladies Sing the Blues

Land Where the Blues Began, The – Narr. by Alan Lomax – 60 min. – Rhapsody Films

Last of the Blue Devils, The – Rhapsody Films

Legends of the Delta Blues – Son House / Bukka White, etc.

Louie Bluie – Henry Armstrong – 60 min.

Mance Lipscomb & Lightin’ Hopkins – 45 min. – Masters of the Country Blues (w/ Taj Mahal)

M for Mississippi / A Road Trip Through the Birthplace of the Blues – Broke & Hungry Records M4M001

Mark Naftalin’s Blues Monday w/ Lowell Fulson & Curtis Mayfield – Rhapsody Films

Mark Naftalin’s Blues Monday w/ John Lee Hooker & Charlie Musselwhite – Rhapsody Films

Marvin Gaye 1980 – Montreux Sounds EV 30031-9

Maxwell Street Blues – Rhapsody Films

Messin’ With the Blues

Michael “Hawkeye” Herman / “Live In Concert” – Topaz Productions – 2 hr.

Mike Seeger and Elizabeth Cotton in Concert

Nina Simone 1976 – Montreux Sounds EE 39106-9

Only The Strong Survive / Memphis / Chicago Soul

Otis Rush & Friends – Montreux Sounds DVD EE 39114-9

Percy Mayfield: Poet Laureate of the Blues – 30 min.

Piano Players Rarely Play Together (w/ A. Toussaint, Professor Longhair, & Tuts Washington

Ray Charles – Montreux Sounds DVD EE 39161-9

Rev. Gary Davis & Sonny Terry – 50 min. – Masters of the Country Blues (with Taj Mahal)

Respect Yourself / Stax Records story – 2hrs.

Salute to Leadbelly

Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (Gatemouth Moore) – California Newsreel 

Say Amen, Somebody – Thomas Dorsey gospel video – PBS

Search for Robert Johnson – Sony Music Corp.

Sippie (Sippie Wallace)

Son House and Bukka White – Yazoos

Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee and Pete Seeger

Sun’s Gonna Shine

Sweet Home Chicago / The Chess Records Story

Three Generations of the Blues – PBS

Times Ain’t What They Used to Be – Yazoo #512 – Yazoo/Shanachie -1993

Willie King / Down In The Woods – Visible World Films – 63 min.

Zydeco Gumbo