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The following sources are recommended by a professor whose research specialty is the blues.


Six Superlative Sources

· Barlow, William. "Looking Up at Down": The Emergence of Blues Culture. (Temple University Press, 1989).

· Harris, Sheldon. Blues Who's Who: A Biographical Dictionary of Blues Singers. (Arlington House, 1979).

· Oliver, Paul. The Story of the Blues. (Chilton Book, 1969).

· Davis, Angela Yvonne. Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude "Ma" Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday. (Pantheon Books, 1998).

· Finn, Julio. The Bluesman: The Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas. (Quartet, 1986).

· Woods, Clyde Adrian. Development Arrested: The Blues and Plantation Power in the Mississippi Delta. (Verso, 1998).

Other Excellent Sources


· Aldin, Mary Katherine. Blues Magazine Selective Index: By Artist and Subject. 4th ed. (Aldin, 1999).

· Ford, Robert. A Blues Bibliography: The International Literature of an Afro-American Genre. (Paul Pelletier, 1999).


· Dixon, Robert, John Godrich, and Howard Rye. Blues and Gospel Records, 1890-1943. (Clarendon, 1997).

· Leadbitter, Mike, Neil Slaven, Leslie Fancourt, and Paul Pelletier. Blues Records, 1943-1970: A Selective Discography. 2 vols. (Record Information Services, 1987-1994).


· Bastin, Bruce. Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast. (Illinois, 1986).

· Calt, Stephen, and Gayle Wardlow. King of the Delta Blues: The Life and Music of Charlie Patton. (Rock Chapel Press, 1988).

· Cohn, Lawrence (ed.). Nothing but the Blues: The Music and the Musicians. (Abbeville, 1993).

· Cowley, John, and Paul Oliver (eds.). The New Blackwell Guide to Recorded Blues. (Blackwell, 1996).

· Dixon, Robert M.W., and John Godrich. Recording the Blues. (Stein and Day, 1970).

· Evans, David. Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in Folk Blues. (University of California Press, 1982).

· Garon, Paul. Blues and the Poetic Spirit. (Da Capo, 1978).

· Harrison, Daphne Duval. Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920s. (Rutgers, 1988).

· Jones, Leroi (Imamu Amiri Baraka). Blues People: Negro Music in White America. (W. Morrow, 1963).

· Keil, Chalres. Urban Blues (University of Chicago Press, 1966).

· McKee, Margaret, and Fred Chisenhall. Beale Black and Blue: Life and Music on Black America's Main Street. (Louisiana State University Press, 1981).

· Oliver, Paul. Aspects of the Blues Tradition. (Oak, 1970).

· Oliver, Paul. Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues. 2nd ed. (Cambridge, 1990).

· Oliver, Paul. Songsters and Saints: Vocal Traditions on Race Records. (Cambridge, 1984).

· Oster, Harry. Living Country Blues. (Folklore Associates, 1969).

· Pearson, Barry Lee. "Sounds So Good to Me": The Bluesman's Story. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1984).

· Pearson, Barry Lee. Virginia Piedmont Blues: The Lives and Art of Two Virginia Bluesmen. (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990).

· Rijn, Guido Van. Roosevelt's Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs on FDR. (Mississippi, 1997).

· Rowe, Mike. Chicago Breakdown. (Drake, 1975).

· Sacre, Robert (ed.). The Voice of the Delta: Charley Patton and the Mississippi Blues Traditions, Influences, and Comparisons: An International Symposium. (Presses Universitaires Liege, 1987).

· Sacre, Robert (ed.). Saints and Sinners: Religion, Blues, and (D)evil in African-American Music and Literature: Proceedings of the Conference Held at the Universite de Liege (October 1991). (Societe Liegeoise De Musicologie, 1996).

· Taft, Michael. Blues Lyric Poetry: An Anthology. (Garland, 1983).

· Taft, Michael. Blues Lyric Poetry: A Concordance. (Garland, 1984).

· Titon, Jeff Todd. Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis. 2nd ed. (North Carolina, 1994).

· Tracy, Steven C. (ed.). Write Me a Few of Your Lines: A Blues Reader. (University of Massachusetts Press, 1999).

· Ward, Brian. Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness, and Race Relations. (University of California Press, 1998).

· Wardlow, Gayle. Chasin' That Devil Music: Searching for the Blues. (Miller Freeman, 1998).


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