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Blues Talk 6:
Langston Hughes and early blues poetry

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


Broonzy, William with Yannick Bruynhoghe.  Big Bill Blues:  William Broonzy’s Story.  1955.  Da Capo, 1992.

Twain, Mark.  Roughing It.

Muir, Peter G.  Long Lost Blues:  Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920.  U of Illinois Press, 2010.

Anderson, Jervis.  This Was Harlem:  A Cultural Portrait, 1900-1950.  Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1983.

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.

Mamie Smith, “Crazy Blues”

Trixie Smith, “My Man Rocks Me”

Marion Harris, “St. Louis Blues”

Charters, Samuel and Leonard Kunstadt.  Jazz:  A History of the New York Scene.  1962.  DaCapo, 1984.

Hughes, Langston.  “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain.”  1926.

Tracy, Steven C.  Langston Hughes and the Blues.  1988.  U of Illinois P, 2001.

Hughes, Langston.  Selected Poems of Langston Hughes.  Vintage, 1990.

Hughes, Langston.  “The Weary Blues.”  1925.

Hughes, Langston.  Fine Clothes to the Jew.  1927 [Amazon]

Rampersad, Arnold.  The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume I: 1902-1941:  I, Too, Sing America.  2nd edition.  Oxford UP, 2002.

Rampersad, Arnold. The Life of Langston Hughes: Volume II: 1914-1967:  I Dream a World.  2nd edition.  Oxford UP, 2002.