Country Blues Bibliography

  By Glenn Weiser

Here is a short list of recommended reading in the area of country blues. - GW.

Alyn, Glen. I Say Me for a Parable: The Oral Autobiography of Mance Lipscomb, Texas Bluesman. New York: Da Capo Press, 1995.
Calt, Stephen. I’d Rather Be The Devil-Skip James and the Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1994.
Calt, Stephen, and Wardlow, Gayle. King of the Delta Blues-The Life and Music of Charlie Patton. Newton, NJ: Rock Chapel Press, 1988.
Charters, Samuel. The Country Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1959.
____. The Poetry of the Blues. New York: Avon, 1963.
____. The Blues Makers. New York: Da Capo Press, 1991.
____. The Legacy of the Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1977
____. The Roots of the Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1981.
Cook, Bruce. Listen to the Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1995.
Davis, Francis. The History of the Blues. Hyperion Books,1996; (ISBN: 0786881240)
Dixon, Willie, and Swoden, Den, Elizabeth, and Don. I Am the Blues : The Willie Dixon Story.  New York: Da Capo Press, 1990.
Edwards, David "Honeyboy." The World Don’t Owe Me Nothin’-The Life and Times of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards. Chicago: Chicago Review Press, 1997.
Evans, David. Big Road Blues-Tradition and Creativity in the the Folk Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1987.
Ferris, William. Blues from the Delta. New York: Da Capo Press, 1978.
Garon, Paul and Beth. Woman With Guitar-Memphis Minnie’s Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1992.
Glover, Tony, Dirks, Scott, and Gaines, Ward. Blues With a Feeling-The Little Walter Story. New York: Routledge, 2002.
Greenberg, Alan. Love in Vain - A Vision of Robert Johnson. New York: Da Capo Press, 1994.
Guralnick, Peter. Feel Like Goin’ Home-Portraits in Blues and Rock N’ Roll. New York: Vintage, 1981.
____. Searching for Robert Johnson. New York: Dutton, 1989.
Guy, Buddy, and Wilcock, Donald E. Damn Right I' ve Got the Blues : Buddy Guy and the Blues Roots of Rock-And-Roll.  (Woodford Publishing; ISBN: 094262713X )  
Handy, W.C.. Father of the Blues. New York: Macmillan, 1941.
Kiel, Charles. Urban Blues. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1966.
Lomax, Alan. The Land Where the Blues Began. New York: Delta, 1993.
Lornell, Kip, and Wolfe, Charles. The Life and Legend of Leadbelly. New York: HarperCollins, 1992.
Oliver, Paul. The Meaning of the Blues. New York: Collier, 1963.
____. Songsters and Saints-Vocal Traditions On Race Records. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University  Press, (ISBN 0521269423)
____.The Story of the Blues. Boston: Northeastern University Press,1998. 
Pearson, Barry Lee. Virginia Piedmont Blues-The Lives and Art of Two Virginia Bluesmen. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.
Palmer, Robert. Deep Blues. New York: Viking Press, 1981.
Rowe, Mike. Chicago Blues. New York: Da Capo Press, 1975.
Segrest, James, and Hoffman, Mark. Moanin' At Midnight - The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf. New York:
Pantheon Books, 2004.
Titon, Jeff Todd. Early Downhome Blues. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1994.
Tooze, Sandra B. Muddy Waters-The Mojo Man. Toronto: ECW Press, 1997.
Wardlow, Gayle Dean. Chasin' That Devil Music-Searching For The Blues. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books, 1998.


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