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All Music Guide to the Blues: The Experts' Guide to the Best Blues Recordings (2nd Ed)
by Michael Erlewine (Editor), et al
(Paperback -- )

American Roots Music
by Robert Santelli (Editor), et al
Hardcover: 240 pages
Harry N Abrams; ISBN: 0810914328;
Blind Lemon Jefferson: His Life, His Death, and His Legacy
Blind Lemon Jefferson: His Life, His Death, and His Legacy
by Robert L. Uzzel
from Eakin Publications
ISBN: 1571686568
The Blues Highway: New Orleans to Chicago, a Travel and Music Guide
by Richard Knight, Emma Longhurst (Contributor)
Follows Highway 61 from New Orleans to Nashville and Chicago's South Side with biographical notes and traveller's tips. Db.
Paperback: 304 pages
Trail Blazer Pubns; ISBN: 1873756437;
I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone
by Nina Simone, Stephen Cleary
(Paperback -- September 1993)

The B.B. King Companion: Five Decades of Commentary
by Richard Kostelanetz
Listed under B.B. King

Blues People : Negro Music in White America
Imamu Amiri Baraka, et al
"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... [If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this certainly should be revealed by his characteristic music." So says Amiri Baraka in the Introduction to Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz...
Paperback / Published 1983

Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey: A Journey to Music's Heart & Soul
by Bill Wyman, Richard Havers
Hardcover: 400 pages
DK Publishing; ISBN: 0789480468; 1st edition (September 1, )

Blues All around Me: The Autobiography of B. B. King
by B. B. King, David Ritz (Contributor)
Listed under B.B. King

Blues Legacies and Black Feminism : Gertrude 'Ma' Rainey, Bessie Smith, and Billie Holiday
by Angela Y. Davis
Paperback - 427 pages 1 Vintage edition
Random House; ISBN: 0679771263

Blues Harmonica Collection
by Mekelvy Harmonica Collection, David McKelvy
Listed under Harmonica

Chasin' That Devil Music: Searching for the Blues
by Gayle Dean Wardlow, Edward Komara (Editor)
Chasin' That Devil Music has the feel of a documentary about the making of a thrilling motion picture. The main focus is on the Delta blues singers of the early 20th century--artists such as Charley Patton, Tommy Johnson, Son House, and Blind Lemon Jefferson who've achieved near-mythic status in blues circles. In addition, many of the articles gathered in this splendidly illustrated volume capture the process and people involved in tracking long-lost recordings nearly as elusive as the performers who made them. Here, for example, is the story of author/blues scholar Gayle Dean Wardlow's three-year hunt for the death certificate of Robert Johnson, the celebrated Mississippi bluesman and a figure whose legend has grown greater with each year since his much-debated death in 1938. The text here is nearly as raw in spots as the music that sparked it, but, as with those sounds (which can be heard on a terrific CD sampler included with the book), enthusiasts will find Chasin' That Devil Music riveting. --Steven Stolder -
Paperback: 271 pages
Backbeat Books; ISBN: 0879305525; Book & Cd edition ()

Children of the Blues: 40 Musicians Shaping a New Generation of Blues Tradition
by Art Tipaldi
(Paperback -- February 9, )

Conversation With the Blues
Paul Oliver (Editor)
Blues singers, guitarists and pianists speak of their lives and of surviving their experiences of poverty and discrimination by singing and playing the blues. Copiously illustrated with Paul Oliver's photographs, the book provides a rare glimpse of African American music at a time when the South was still segregated, while the accompanying CD captures in sound the voices of the singers themselves.

The Complete Book of Doo-Wop
by Anthony J. Gribin, et al
(Paperback -- March )

Blues Saxophone: An In-Depth Look at the Styles of the Masters
by Dennis Taylor
Demonstrates the work of 16 sax masters from Chicago blues players through to modern jazz.
Listed under Saxophone

Deep Blues
by Robert Palmer
Paperback: Viking Press
ISBN: 0140062238; Reprint edition

Forever Faithful! A Study of Florence Ballard and the Supremes
by Randall Wilson, et al
(Paperback -- February 1, )

Give the Drummers Some!: The Great Drummers of R&B, Funk & Soul
by Jim Payne, Harry Weinger (Editor)
Listed under Percussion

Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters
by Robert Gordon, Keith Richards
Listed under Muddy Waters

The Hero and the Blues
by Albert Murray
Vintage Books; ISBN: 0679762205; Reprint edition (January )

Marvin Gaye: What's Going On and the Last Days of the Motown Sound
by Ben Edmunds, Ben Edmonds
Listed under Marvin Gaye

Peter Green -- Founder of Fleetwood Mac
by Martin Celmins, B. B. King
Listed under Fleetwood Mac

Joel Whitburn Presents Top R & B Singles, 1942-1999
by Joel Whitburn
(Hardcover -- February )

John Lee Hooker- A Blues Legend : With Notes & Tablature
by John Lee Hooker
Book Description: A classic collection of 20 songs from this legendary blues guitarist, including: Boom Boom * It Serves Me Right To Suffer * Louise * One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer * and many more.
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation; (April 1991)

Rythm Oil: A Journey Through the Music of the American South
by Stanley Booth
(Paperback -- October 1, )

Only the Strong Survive: Memoirs of a Soul Survivor (Black Music and Expressive Culture)
by Jerry Butler, Earl Smith (Contributor)
(Hardcover -- October )

Michael Bloomfield: If You Love These Blues
by Jan Mark Wolkin, et al
Hardcover: 272 pages
Backbeat Books; ISBN: 0879306173; (October 30, )

T-Bone Walker Collection
This terrific collection features 20 tunes from wildly influential (B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimi Hendrix, to name but a few) blues legend T-Bone Walker, to whom electric blues and rock music owe their existence. Songs include: Call It Stormy Monday - DonÃt Leave Me Baby - I Got a Break Baby - ItÃs a Low Down Dirty Deal - Mean Old World - So Blue Blues - T-Bone Boogie - The Time Seems So Long - Vida Lee - and more. Includes an introduction by Dave Rubin and a selected discography.
Publisher: Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation; (August )

Stormy Monday: The T-Bone Walker Story
by Helen Oakley Dance, B. B. King 
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press; (December 1987)

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire
by Joe Nick Patoski, et al
Listed under Stevie Ray Vaughan

Lost Highway: Journeys & Arrivals of American Musicians
by Peter Guralnick
(Paperback -- July )

The Voice of the Blues : Classic Interviews from Living Blues Magazine
by Jim O'Neal, et al
(Paperback -- November 1, )

Boogie Man : The Adventures of John Lee Hooker in the American Twentieth Century
by Charles Shaar Murray, Shaar Charles Murray
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The Very Best of John Lee Hooker : Eighteen Note-For-Note Transcriptions from the Original Recording
by Richard Devinck
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