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A bibliography of the blues
Not comprehensive, but a good start...

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Alberta Hunter: A Celebration in Blues

Frank C. Taylor 1987


All Music Guide to the Blues: The Experts' Guide to the Best Blues Recordings (All Music Guide Series)

Michael Erlewine (Editor), et al 1996


The Arrival of B.B. King: The Authorized Biography

Charles Sawyer 1984


Authentic Blues: Its History and Its Themes (Studies in the History and Interpretation of Music, Vol 47)

Robert Springer, Andre J. M. Prevos (Translator) 1996

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Bay Area Blues

Lee Hildebrand, et al 1993


Bessie Smith (Lives of Modern Women)

Elaine Feinstein 1986


The B.B. King Companion: Five Decades of Commentary (Master Musician Series)

Richard Kostelanetz (Editor), et al 1997


Bessie Smith (Lives of Modern Women)

Elaine Feinstein 1986


Bessie Smith Companion

Edward Brooks 1983


The Best of the Blues: The 101 Essential Blues Albums

Robert Santelli 1997


The Best of the Blues: The Essential CD Guide (The Essential CD Guides)

Roger St. Pierre 1993


Big Bill Blues: William Broonzy's Story

William Broonzy 1992


The Big Book of Blues: A Biographical Encyclopedia

Robert Santelli 1994


Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues

David Evans 1988


Big Star Fallin' Mama: Five Women in Black Music

Hettie Jones 1997


The Billboard Book of Number One Rhythm & Blues Hits

Adam White, Fred Bronson 1993


Black and White Blues

Marc Norberg (Photographer), Martin Pedersen



Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920s

Daphne Duval Harrison 1990


Blacks, Whites, and Blues

Tony Russell 1980


The Blackwell Guide to Blues Records

Paul Oliver (Editor) 1989


Blow My Blues Away

George Mitchell 1983



Neff Connor, Anthony Connor 1975


The Blues (Traditional Black Music)

Jerry Silverman 1994


The Blues: Album Cover Art

Graham Marsh (Editor), Barrie Lewis (Editor) 1996


Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B.B. King

B. B. King, David Ritz 1996


Blues: An Anthology: Complete Words and Music of 53 Great Songs

W. C. Handy 1990


The Blues: A Bibliographic Guide (Music Research and Information Guides, Vol 7)

Mary L. Hart, et al 1989


Blues : A Photographic Documentary

David Harrison

Random House Value Pub. 1997


Blues Boy: The Life and Music of B.B. King (American Made Music Series)

Sebastian Danchin

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi 1998

ISBN: 1578060176


Blues: The British Connection

Bob Brunning 1987


Blues and Evil

Jon Michael Spencer 1993


Blues Fell This Morning: Meaning in the Blues (Canto Series)

Paul Oliver 1994


Blues from the Delta

William R. Ferris 1988

Blues and Gospel Records : 1890-1943

Robert M. W. Dixon, John Godrich

Oxford Univ Press 1997

Blues Guitar: The Men Who Made the Music

Jas Obrecht (Editor) 1993


Blues Guitarists, from the Pages of Guitar Player Magazine

A. Symons 1975


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Blues, Ideology and Afro-American Literature

Houston A. Baker 1987

The Blues is a Feeling: Voices and Visions of African-American Blues Musicians

James Fraher

Publisher: Midwest Traditions

ISBN: 1883953189

Bluesland: Portraits of Twelve Major American Blues Masters

Pete Welding, Toby Byron (Editor) 1992


Blues Legacies and Black Feminism: Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday

Angela Yvonne Davis

Pantheon Books 1998

ISBN: 067945005X 

Blues Legends

Charles K. Cowdery 1995

Blues Lyric Poetry: An Anthology

Michael Taft 1983


Blues Lyric Poetry: A Concordance (Garland Reference Library of the Humanities, 362)

Michael Taft 1984


The Blues Makers: Containing Reprints of Two Titles: The Bluesmen and Sweet As the Showers of Rain

Samuel Charters 1991



Andre, III Dubus 1993


The Bluesmen: The Story and the Music of the Men Who Made the Blues

Samuel Barclay Charters 1967


The Bluesman: The Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas

Julio Finn 1992


Blues Off the Record: Thirty Years of Blues Commentary

Paul Oliver 1988


Blues on CD: The Essential Guide

Charles Shaar Murray 1993


Blues and the Poetic Spirit

Paul Garon 1996


Blues Records 1943-1970: A Selective Discography Volume 1, A-K

Mike Leadbitter, Neil Slaven 1987


Blues Records: 1943-1970 Volume 2, L-Z

Mike Leadbitter (Compiler) 1995


The Blues Route

Hugh Merrill 1990


Blue Rhythms: Six Lives in Rhythm and Blues (Music in American Life)

Chip Deffaa 1996


Blues: The Story Always Untold

Sterling D. Plumpp 1989


Blues Who's Who: A Biographical Dictionary of Blues Singers

Sheldon Harris 1988


Blueswomen: Profiles of 37 Early Performers, With an Anthology of Lyrics, 1920-1945

Anna Stong Bourgeois 1996


Bone Music

Alan Rodgers 1995


The Buffalo Nickel Blues Band

Judie Angell 1991




The Chess Labels: A Discography

Michel Ruppli 1983


Chicago Breakdown

Mike Rowe 1980


Chicago Blues: The City and the Music

Mike Rowe 1988


Cleveland Lee's Beale Street Band

Anna Rich (Illustrator), Arthur Flowers 1996


Conversation With the Blues

Paul Oliver

Cambridge Univ Press 1997


The Country Blues

Samuel Barclay Charters 1988


Cousin Joe: Blues from New Orleans

Cousin Joe, Joseph Pleasant 1987


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Damn Right I've Got the Blues: Buddy Guy and the Blues Roots of Rock-And-Roll

Donald E. Wilcock, et al 1993


Deep Blues

Robert Palmer 1995


The Devil's Music: A History of the Blues

Giles Oakley 1997


Do Angels Sing the Blues?

A. C. Lemieux 1996


Downhome Blues Lyrics: An Anthology from the Post-World War II Era (Music in American Life)

Jeff Todd Titon (Editor) 1990


The Down Home Guide to the Blues

Frank Scott, Staff of Down Home Music 1991





Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis (Cultural Studies of the United States)

Jeff Todd Titon 1995


The Early Years of Rhythm and Blues: Focus on Houston

Alan B. Govenar 1990


Elemental Blues: Poems 1981-1982

Raymond R. Patterson


Electric Blues (Life, Times and Music Series)

Erikka Haa 1997


Encyclopedia of the Blues

Gerard Herzhaft, et al 1997


Encyclopedia of the Blues

Gerard Herzhaft, Brigitte Debord (Translator) 1992


Every Day I Sing the Blues: The Story of B.B. King (An Impact Biography)

David Shirley 1995


Extensions of the Blues

Mary Ellison 1989


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Feel like Going Home; Portraits in Blues & Rock n' Roll

Peter Guralnick


Ferdinand 'Jelly-Roll' Morton: The Collected Piano Music

Ferdinand Morton 1981


First Pressings: The History of Rhythm & Blues: 1955 (First Pressings, Vol. 5)

Galen Gart (Editor) 1990




Goin' Back to Memphis: A Century of Blues, Rock 'N' Roll, and Glorious Soul

James Dickerson 1996


Going to Chicago: A Year on the Chicago Blues Scene

Stephen Green (Photographer), Laurence J. Hyman (Editor) 1991


Going to Cincinnati: A History of the Blues in the Queen City (Greater Cincinnati Bicentennial History)

Steven C. Tracy 1993


Grove Press Guide to Blues on CD

Frank John Hadley 1993


A Guide to the Blues: History, Who's Who, Research Sources

Austin, Jr. Sonnier 1994




The Hero and the Blues (The Paul Anthony Buck I.E. Brick Lectures, 9th Ser)

Albert Murray 1973


The History of the Blues Vol 1

Francis Davis 1996


The History of the Blues (Musicbooks)

Peter O. E., Jr Bekker, Peter O. E. Bekker Jr. 1997


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I Am the Blues: The Willie Dixon Story

Willie Dixon, Don Snowden 1990


Improvising Blues Guitar

Straw 1975


International Bibliography of Discographies

David Edwin Cooper 1975


It Came from Memphis

Robert Gordon 1995


I Say Me for a Parable: The Oral Autobiography of Mance Lipscomb, Texas Bluesman

Mance Lipscomb, Glen Alyn (Editor) 1993


I'd Rather Be the Devil: Skip James and the Blues

Stephen Calt 1994




Jam Session: Portraits of Jazz and Blues Muscians Drawn on the Scene

Mark Gardner, et al 1987


James Brown: The Godfather of Soul

James Brown, Bruce Tucker 1997


Jazz and Blues

Graham Vulliamy 1982


Joel Whitburn's Top R and B Singles, 1942-1988

Joel Whitburn 1988




Kansas City Jazz and Blues Nightlife Survival Kit

Todd R. Wilkinson 1990


King of the Delta Blues: The Life an Music of Charlie Patton

Stephen Calt 1988


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The Land Where the Blues Began

Alan Lomax 1995


Langston Hughes and the Blues

Steven C. Tracy 1988


The Legacy of the Blues: A Glimpse into the Art and the Lives of Twelve Great Bluesmen: An Informal Study

Samuel Barclay Charters 1988


Let the Good Times Roll: The Story of Louis Jordan and His Music (Michigan American Music)

John Chilton 1994


Little Blues Book

Brian Robertson (Editor), R. Crumb (Illustrator) 1996


Listen to the Blues

Bruce, Cook 1975


The Listener's Guide to the Blues

Peter Guralnick 1982


Looking Up at Down: The Emergence of Blues Culture

William Barlow 1990




Ma Rainey and the Classic Blues Singers

Derrick Stewart-Baxter 1970


Meeting the Blues/the Rise of the Texas Sound

Alan Govenar 1995


Mississippi Black Folklore: A Research Bibliography and Discography

William R. Jr. Ferris 1971


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

Ruth Brown, Andrew Yule 1996


Muddy Waters, Mojo Man

Sandra Tooze

ECW Press 1997


Musichound Blues : The Essential Album Guide

Gary Graff, Leland Rucker

Visible Ink Press 1997


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The New Blackwell Guide to Recorded Blues (Blackwell Guide Series)

John Cowley (Editor), Paul Oliver (Editor) 1996


The New Grove Gospel Blues and Jazz: With Spirituals and Ragtime

Paul Oliver, William Bolcom 1988


The New Grove Gospel Blues and Jazz: With Spirituals and Ragtime

Paul Oliver

W W Norton & Co. 1997

Nothing but the Blues: The Music and the Musicians

Lawrence Cohn, et al 1993






Pop Music and the Blues: A Study of the Relationship and Its Significance.

Richard. Middleton 1972


Portrait of the Blues : America's Blues Musicians in Their Own Words

Paul Trynka, Val Wilmer

Da Capo Press 1997


The Prestige Label: A Discography (Discographies, No. 3)

Michel Ruppli, et al 1980


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Queen of the Blues: A Biography of Dinah Washington

James Haskins 1987




Really the Blues

Mindy Giles, Stephen Green (Photographer) 1996


Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast (Music in American Life)

Bruce Bastin 1995


Rhythm and the Blues: A Life in American Music

Jerry Wexler, David Ritz 1994


The Rhythm and Blues Story

Gene Busnar 1985


Rhythm Oil: A Journey Through the Music of the American South

Stanley Booth 1993


Right on: From Blues to Soul in Black America

Michael Haralambos 1979


Robert Johnson

Samuel Charters 1979


The Roots of the Blues: An African Search

Samuel Barclay Charters 1982


Roosevelt's Blues: African-American Blues and Gospel Songs on FDR (American Made Music Series)

Guido Van Rijn, Guido Van Rijn 1997


The Roots & Rhythm Guide to Rock

Frank Scott, Al Ennis 1993


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Savannah syncopators: African retentions in the blues

Paul Oliver 1970


Screening the Blues: Aspects of the Blues Tradition

Paul Oliver 1989


Searching for Robert Johnson

Peter Guralnick 1989


Singers of the Blues.

Frank Surge 1969


Sitting in: Selected Writings on Jazz, Blues, and Related Topics

Hayden Carruth 1993


Soulsville, USA: The Story of Stax Records

Rob Bowman, Robert M. J. Bowman 1997


Sounds So Good to Me: The Bluesman's Story

Barry Lee Pearson 1984


Soul Music: The Birth of a Sound in Black America

Michael. Haralambos 1985


The Spirituals and the Blues: An Interpretation

James H. Cone 1992


The Story of the Blues (The Life, Times & Music Series)

Peter O. E. Bekker 1997


Stevie Ray: Soul to Soul

Keri Leigh 1993


Stomping the Blues

Albert Murray 1989


Stormy Monday: The T-Bone Walker Story

Helen Oakley Dance 1990


The Story of the Blues

Paul Oliver 1982


Sweet As the Showers of Rain

Samuel Barclay. Charters 1979


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

Peter Guralnick 1986




They All Sang on the Corner: A Second Look at New York City's Rhythm and Blues Vocal Groups

Philip Groia 1983


This House on Fire: The Story of the Blues (The African-American Experience)

Craig Awmiller 1996


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Up from the Cradle of Jazz: New Orleans Music Since World War II

Jason Berry, et al 1992


Upside Your Head!: Rhythm and Blues on Central Avenue (Music Culture)

Johnny Otis 1993


Urban Blues

Charles Keil 1966




Virginia Piedmont Blues: The Lives and Art of Two Virginia Bluesmen (Publications of the American Folklore Society. New Series)

Barry Lee Pearson 1990


Virginia's Blues, Country, & Gospel Records 1902-1943: An Annotated Discography

Kip Lornell 1989


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White Boy Singin' the Blues

Michael Bane 1992


Winning Bids: Actual Prices Paid for Jazz and Blues 78 Rpm Recordings

Robert Hibbert 1988


Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues

Paul Garon, Beth Garon 1992


The World of Blues

David Harrison 1994


The World Don't Owe Me Nothing : The Life and Times of Delta Bluesman Honeyboy Edwards

David Honeyboy Edwards, Janis Martinson, Michael Robert Frank

Chicago Review Press 1997


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