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Blues Talk 3:
"bluesmen," "folkloric melancholy," and blues feelings

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Books, links, and other useful resources (listed roughly in the order they're mentioned in the video):


Teaching the Blues:  a few useful concepts [handout; a free download from Tradebit]

Edwards, David Honeyboy, as told to Janis Martinson and Michael Frank.  The World Don’t Owe Me Nothing.  Chicago Review Press, 1997.

Gussow, Adam.  Seems Like Murder Here:  Southern Violence and the Blues Tradition.  U of Chicago Press, 2002.

Wald, Elijah.  Escaping the Delta:  Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues.  Amistad, 2004.

Cone, James H.  The Spirituals and the Blues:  An Interpretation.  1972.  Orbis Books, 1992.

Louie Bluie.  Starring Howard Armstrong.

Miller, Karl Hagstrom.  Segregating Sound:  Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow.  Duke UP, 2010.

Waterman, Christopher A.  “Race Music:  Bo Chatmon, ‘Corrine, Corrina,’ and the Excluded Middle.”  In Ronald Radano & Philip V. Bohlman (ed.).  Music And The Racial Imagination.  U of Chicago Press, 2000.  167-205.

Abbott, Lynn and Doug Seroff.  Ragged But Right:  Black Traveling Shows, “Coon Songs,” and the Dark Pathway to Blues and Jazz.  UP of Mississippi, 2012.

Pearson, Barry Lee.  Sounds So Good to Me:  The Bluesman’s Story.  U of Pennsylvania Press, 1984.

Blues in the Mississippi Night.  1947.

King, B. B. with David Ritz.  Blues All Around Me:  The Autobiography of B. B. King.  1996.

Wells-Barnett, Ida B.  The Red Record: Tabulated Statistics and Alleged Causes of Lynching in the United States.  1895.

Eddie Boyd.  "Five Long Years."  [video]