Some 6,000 blues CDs have been issued over the last five years, and these are included in this revised edition of The Blackwell Guide to Recorded Blues. This is not only the best and most succinct guide to recorded blues, it also provides a history of the subject. For blues lovers, the book recommends an essential collection of 140 CDs and a basic library of around 560.
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About the Author
John Cowley has worked in publishing and the Civil Service, and also undertakes field work in the United States and Trinidad. He is author of Carnival, Canboulay and Calpso (1996), and a contributor to Black Music in Britain (1990), Songs about Work and Nothing but the Blues (1993). His articles have been published in journals such as Blues & Rhythm, the Journal of Folklore Research, Musical Traditions and Popular Music.
Paul Oliver writes and lectures on Vernacular Architecture and conducts field work in the United States and Africa. His books on African American music include Blues Fell This Morning (1960,1990), Conversation with the Blues (1964), The Story of the Blues (1969), Savannah Syncopators (1970), Songsters and Saints (1984) and Blues Off the Record (1984). He also edited Black Music in Britain (1990).