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"If you want to find your way back to the roots of the blues, this book is your ticket."
"A masterwork.... [Barlow] includes all types of blues in his analysis, without losing sight of the music’s density, its humor, and its satire, when the blues get so bad that we are 'lookin’ up at down.'"
—Ruth A. Banes, Popular Music and Society
"Bill Barlow’s fine study is a major contribution to our understanding of blues. He carefully traces the music from its roots in the rural South to urban traditions in Memphis, St. Louis, and Chicago. Barlow’s broad portrait of the blues and his perceptive analysis make this study a classic."
—Bill Ferris, Director, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, The University of Mississippi