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General Historical Surveys of Blues Music

ML3521.K83 1999
Africa and the Blues.

ML 1015.G9 B34 2003
The American Blues Guitar.

ML82.J65 1976
Big Star Fallin' Mama: Five Women in Black Music.

ML3521.W96 2001
Bill Wyman's Blues Odyssey.

ML3521.H38 1988
Black Pearls: Blues Queens of the 1920s. 1988.

ML3521.W45 2005
Blues: the Basics.

ML3521.S63 1993
Blues and Evil.

ML3561.J304 1961
Blues Fell This Morning: The Meaning of the Blues. 1961.

ML3521.B75 1998
Blues for Dummies.

ML3561.B63 F47
Blues From the Delta.

ML3521.B78 1986
Blues: The British Connection. 1986.

ML 1015.G9 B48
Blues Guitar: The Men Who Made the Music. 1990.

ML3521.D355 1999
Blues Legacies and Black Feminism.

The Bluesman: The Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas.1986.

ML3521.M47 1990
The Blues Route.

ML3521.W37 1998
Chasin' That Devil Music: Searching for the Blues.

ML3478.R7 1981
Chicago Blues: The City and the Music. 1981.

ML3556.R7 1975
Chicago Breakdown. 1975.

ML 3521.C55 1997
Conversation With the Blues. 1997

ML3556.C475 C7 1975
The Country Blues. 1975

Deep Blues. 1981.

ML 3556 .O18 1978
The Devil's Music: A history of the Blues. 1978.

ML3521.L44 2001
Don't Bother Knockin' - This Town's a Rockin': A History of Traditional Rhythm and Blues.

ML 3561.B6 T58 1994
Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis. 1994.

ML394.H42 2001
Goin' Back to Sweet Memphis: Conversations With the Blues.

REF ML3521.S58 1994
A Guide to the Blues. 1994.

ML3521.D36 1995
The History of the Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People.

ML410.D68 A3 1989
I Am the Blues: The Willie Dixon Story.1989.

ML3521.B36 1989
The Listener's Guide to the Blues.

ML 3521.B36 1989
Looking Up at Down. 1989.

ML3521.M37 2003
Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: A Musical Journey.

ML 3521.N68 1993
Nothing But the Blues. 1993.

ML 1055.D59
Recording the Blues. 1970.

ML3521.B39 1986
Red River Blues.1986.

ML3521.B67 1991
Rhythm Oil: A Journey Through the Music of the American South.

ML 3556.C37 1993
Sitting In: Selected Writings on Jazz, Blues, and Related Topics. 1993.

ML 3556.C66 1991
The spirituals and the blues.1991.

ML 3561.J3 O47
The Story of the Blues. 1969.

ML3521.W75 1999
Write Me A Few of Your Lines: A Blues Reader.

ML3521.Y66 2001
Yonder Come the Blues: The Evolution of a Genre.

Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

ML400.J24 2005
A Bad Woman Feeling Good: Blues and the Women Who Sing Them.

ML102.B6 S26 2001
The Big Book of Blues.

ML400.D4 1996
Blue Rhythms: Six Lives in Rhythm and Blues.

ML394.S52 1998
Blues: Keeping the Faith.

ML400.D53 1999
Blues Singers: Biographies of Fifty Legendary Artists of the Early 20th Century.

REF ML 102.B6 H3
Blues Who's Who. 1979.

ML400.B595 1991
Bluesland: Portrait of Twelve Major American Blues Masters.

REF ML 102.B6 H39
Encyclopedia of the Blues. 1992.

REF ML102.B6 E53 2006 v. 1-2
Encyclopedia of the Blues. (Komara, editor)

Ma Rainey and the Classic Blues Singers.

ML394.D53 2001
More Blues Singers: Biographies of 50 Artists From the Later 20th Century.

ML399.R65 2000
Rollin' and Tumblin': The Postwar Blues Guitarists.

ML102.B6 V57 1998
The Virgin Encyclopedia of the Blues.

ML394.V65 2002
The Voice of the Blues: Classic Interviews.


REF ML156.4.B6 D59 1997
Blues and Gospel Records 1890-1943.1997

REF ML 156.4.B6 L42 1987
Blues Records 1943-1970: A Selective Discography.1987.

REF ML 156.4.B6 B6 1996
The New Blackwell Guide to Recorded Blues.1996.

ML156.B6 L87 1989
Virginia's Blues, Country and Gospel Records, 1902-1943: An Annotated Discography.


REF ML 156.9.A75
Annual Index to popular Music Record Reviews.1972-1977.

REF ML 156.4.B6 S23 1997
The Best of the Blues: The 101 Essentail Albums.1997.

Finding Additional Books in the BGSU Libraries Catalog

When looking for books in the BGSU Libraries Catalog, use the following subject terms:

Album title [as a subject or title search]
Blues Music
Blues Musicians
Blues Music-History and Criticism
Name of performer [as a subject or author search]
Song title [as a subject or title search]
Style of music [as a subject search]


Finding Magazine Articles: Print and Online Periodical Indexes

Reader's Guide Full Text. 1983-present.
   1900-1985. (Located in first-floor
reference index area)

Academic Search Complete. 1984-present.

Humanities Index. 1974-1984. (Located in the first-floor reference index area)

Humanities International Complete. 1984-present

New York Times Historical. 1851-2004.
    Indexing for more recent issues of the New York Times is available via various databases, including
Newspaper Source.

The Music Index. 1978-present. Print copies are located in the Music Library and date from 1949-present.

Popular Music Periodical Index. 1973-1976. Located in Music Library

Suggested Periodicals in the Music Library

78 Quarterly 1967 to present
Blues Access. 1990 to present
Blues and Rhythm. 1988 to present
Blues and Soul. 1984 to present
Blues Magazine. 1975-1979.
Blues Revue Quarterly. 1991-1994
Blues World.  1969-1971.
Blues Unlimited.  1968-69, 1970-1987 (incomplete)
Juke Blues.  1983-88, 1990 to present
Living Blues.  1970 to present
Whiskey, Women, and...  1973-1989.

Locating Albums

To see if the Music Library owns an album, search the BGSU Libraries Catalog. Search the following:

Name of performer [author search]
Album title
Song title

NOTE: Many albums have excellent historical and biographical notes, and lyrics are frequently included on jackets or inner liners.

Internet Resources

There are many resources available on the Internet for blues music.

The Delta Blues Museum
The University of Mississippi's Blues Archives

To seek more information on blues music on the Internet, search Blues Music or the name of blues performers.


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