See "Blues" on the following webpage:
Encylcopedia of the Blues.
These can be searched in the Library's catalog or WorldCat using the following subject terms:
You can also find them shelved under the call number ML128 B49. (Check both the Reference room and the main stacks (shelves)).
These can be searched in the Library's catalog or WorldCat using the following subject term:
You can also find them shelved under the call number ML102 B6. (Check both the Reference room and the main stacks (shelves)).
Biographical information can be located in the Library's catalog or WorldCat using a number of subject terms:
You'll find both collective and individual biographies. Examples:
Elwood's Blues: Interviews with the Blues Legends and Stars.
Blues Traveling: the Holy Sites of Delta Blues.
Legacy of the Blues: a Glimpse into the Art and the Lives of Twelve Great Bluesmen.
These can be located in the Library's catalog using the following subject terms:
You can also find many of them shelved under the call number ML3521.
Databases (streaming audio)
The following can be accessed on the Library's "Databases" page:
Music Online: Smithsonian Global Sound
Database of Recorded American Music (DRAM)
Music Online: American Music
Numerous discographies have been published tracing the recorded history of the blues, or advising the collector. Find them in the Library's catalog or WorldCat using the following subject terms:
Biographies of blues musicians also typically include a discography.
Examples of discographies:
Down Home Guide to the Blues.
New Blackwell Guide to Recorded Blues.
Mississippi Black Folklore: a Research Bibliography and Discography.
"Race records" was a term used in the 1920s and 1930s for recordings by African-American musicians, including jazz and blues artists, when the music industry targeted white and black markets separately. See the entry "race record" in Oxford Music Online (available on our "Databases" page).
Many of these early recordings have been re-issued on CD.
Black and Tan Records
Testament Records (re-issued by HighTone)
Look up these series titles in the Library's catalog:
Conversation with the Blues: a Documentary of Field Recordings.
The Roots of the Blues (in Recorded Anthology of American Music)
The Story of the Blues.
See "Discographies" and "Websites" on this webpage.
To find these in the Library's catalog:
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (available on our "Databases" page).
Unless otherwise indicated, these can be accessed on our "Journals" page:
Living Blues (indexed in RILM; articles available through interlibrary loan)
Lead Belly Letter (Lead Belly Society) (indexed in RILM; articles available through interlibrary loan)
Black Music Research Journal
The study of blues often involves research into the historical, social, economic, and political developments of the time; also, blues' influence on other musical traditions.
Some subject headings that relate to the larger context:
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