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Bibliography of Sources to Learn More about American Roots Music

Baez, Joan. 1987. And a Voice to Sing With: A Memoir. New York: Summit.

Berry, Chuck. 1987. The Autobiography. New York: Harmony Books.

Boyer, Horace Clarence. 1994.  How Sweet the Sound: The Golden Age of Gospel. Washington, DC: Elliott and Clark.

Brand, Oscar. 1962. The Ballad Mongers: Rise of the Modern Folk Song. New York: Funk and Wagnalls.

Brown, Dee. 1970. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. New York: Henry Holt and Company.

Bruchac, Joseph. 1993. The Native American Sweat Lodge. Freedom, CA: The Crossing Press.

Bruynoghe, Yarrick. 1955.  Big Bill Blues: William Broonzy’s Story. New York: Da Capo Press.

Bufwack, Mary. A, and Robert K. Oermann. 1993. Finding Her Voice: The Saga of Women in Country Music. New York: Crown.

Campbell, Edward D.C. Jr. 1981. The Celluloid South: Hollywood and the Southern Myth. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.

Cantwell, Robert. 1984 . Bluegrass Breakdown: The Making of the Old Southern Sound. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.

-------------------1996. When We Were Good: The Folk Revival. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

Charters, Samuel. 1959[1975]. The Country Blues. New York: Da Capo Press.

--------------1975. The Legacy of the Blues. New York: Da Capo Press.

Cohn, Lawrence, ed. 1993.  Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians. New York: Abbeville Press.

Cohodas, Nadine. 2000. Spinning Blues into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Recordings.  New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Combs, Josiah, H. and D.K. Wilgus, eds. 1967. Folk Songs of the United States. Austin: University of Texas Press.

The Country Music Foundation. 1988. Country: The Music and the Musicians. New York: Abbeville Press.

Daniel, Pete. 2000. Lost Revolutions: The South in the 1950’s. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution.

Davidoff, Nicholas. 1997. In the Country of Country. New York: Vintage Books.

Dunaway, David King. 1981. How Can I Keep From Singing: Pete Seeger. New York: McGraw-Hill.

Eidus, Janice and John Kastan. 1998. It’s Only Rock and Roll: An Anthology of Rock and Roll Short Stories. Boston: David R. Godine, Publisher.

Emerson, Ken. 1997. Doo-Dah! Stephen Foster and the Rose of American Popular Culture. New York: Da Capo.

Engel, Dave. 1997. Just Like Bob Zimmerman’s Blues: Dylan in Minnesota. Wisconsin: River City Memoirs.

Escott, Colin. 1994. Hank Williams: The Biography. New York: Little Brown.

Ferris, William. 1978. Blues from the Delta. New York: Da Capo Press.

Ferris, William, and Mary L. Hart, editors. 1982. Folk Music and Modern Sound. Jackson: University of Mississippi Press.

Ferris, William and Charles Reagan Wilson, co-editors. 1989. The Encyclopedia of Southern Culture. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Ferris, William, and Judy Peiser. 1976. American Folklore Films and Videos: An Index.  Memphis, TN: Center for Southern Folklore.

Filene, Benjamin. 2000. Romancing the Folk. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Green, Douglas B. 1976. Country Roots: The Origins of Country Music. New York: Hawthorne Books.

Gura, Philip F. and James F. Bollman. 1999. America’s Instrument: The Banjo in the 19th Century. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Guralnick, Peter. 1979. Lost Highway: Journeys and Arrivals of American Musicians. Boston: Godine.

Guralnick, Peter. 1994. Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley. New York: Little, Brown.

Hansen, Barry. 2000. Cruise Through the Blues. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books.

Harker, Dave. 1985. Fakesong: The Manufacture of British "Folksong" 1700 to the Present. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

Heilbut, Anthony. 1979 [1992]. The Gospel Sound: Good News and Bad Times. New York: Limelight Editions.

Helm, Levon with Stephen Davis. This Wheel’s on Fire: Levon Helm and the Story of the Band. New York: William Morrow and Company.

Hemphill, Paul. 1970. The Nashville Sound: Bright Lights and Country Music. New York: Simon and Schuster.

Hobsbawm, Eric and Terrance Ranger, eds. The Invention of Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Horstman, Dorothy. 1986. Sing Your Heart Out, Country Boy. Nashville: Country Music Foundation.

Howard, John T. 1953. Stephan Foster: America’s Troubadour. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Co.

Keil, Charles. 1966. Urban Blues. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

King, B.B. with David Ritz. Blues All Around Me:The Autobiography of B.B. King. New York: Avon Books.

King, Mary. 1987. Freedom Song: A Personal Story of the Civil Rights Movement. New York: William Morrow and Co.

Kingsbury, Paul, Alan Axelrod and Susan Costello, eds. 1994. Country: The Music and the Musicians. New York: Abbeville.

Kirby, Jack T. 1986. Media-Made Dixie: The South in the American Imagination. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Klein, Joe. 1980. Woody Guthrie: A Life. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Kubik, Gerhard. 1999. Africa and the Blues. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Leverett, Les. 1996. Blue Moon of Kentucky. Madison: Empire Publishing.

Lieberman, Robbie. 1989. “My Song is My Weapon”: People’s Songs, American Communism, and the Politics of Culture, 1930-50.

Litwack, Leon. 1979. Been in the Storm So Long: The Aftermath of Slavery. New York: Vintage.

--------------- 1998. Trouble in Mind: Black Southerners in the Age of Jim Crow. New York: Vintage Books.

Loeffler, Jack. 1999. La Musica de los Viejitos. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.

Logan, Horace with Bill Sloan. 1999. Louisiana Hayride Years. New York: St. Martin’s Griffin.

Logsdon, Guy. 1989. The Whorehouse Bells were Ringing and Other Songs Cowboys Sing. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Lomax, John. 1910. Cowboy Song and Other Frontier Ballads. New York: Sturgis and Walton.

Lomax, Alan. 1993. The Land Where the Blues Began. New York: Pantheon.

------1960. The Folk Songs of North America. New York: Doubleday & Company.

Lornell, Kip. 1988. Happy in the Service of the Lord: Afro-American Gospel Quartets in Memphis. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Lornell, Kip, and Charles Wolfe. 1992. The Life and Legend of Leadbelly. New York: Harper Collins.

Lott, Eric. 1993. Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York: Oxford.

Lydon, Michael and Ellen Mandel. 1980. Boogie Lightning: How Music Became Electric. New York: Da Capo Press.

Malone, Bill C. 1979. Southern Music: American Music. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press.

---------. 1985. Country Music U.S.A. Austin: University of Texas Press.

---------. 1993. Singing Cowboys and Musical Mountaineers. Athens: University of Georgia Press.

Malone, Bill C. and Judith McCulloh. 1975. Stars of Country Music. New York: Da Capo.

Marcus, Greil. 1975. Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock’n’Roll Music.  New York: E.P. Dutton.

--------------1997. Invisible Republic: Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes. New York: Owl Books.

Marsh, Dave, ed. 1998. For the Record: Sun Records An Oral History. New York: Avon Books.

Marsh, Dave and Harold Leventhal, eds. 1990. Pastures of Plenty: A Self-Portrait. New York: Harper Collins.

Maultsby, Portia. 1986. Afro-African Religious Music: A Study in Musical Diversity. Springfield, OH: The Hymn Society of America, Wittenburg University.

McLaurin, Melton and Richard Peterson, eds. 1992. You Wrote My Life: Lyrical Themes in Country Music. Philadelphia: Gordon and Breach.

McNeil, W.C. 1995 Appalachian Images in Folk and Popular Culture. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.

Mishler, Craig. 1993. The Crooked Stovepipe: Athapaskan Fiddle Music and Square Dancing in Northeast Alaska and Northwest Canada. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History. 1995. All Shook Up: Mississippi Roots of American Popular Music.

Niles, John Jacob. 1961. The Ballad Book of John Jacob Niles. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Ohrlin, Glenn. 1989. The Hell Bound Train: A Cowboy Songbook. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Oliver, Paul. 1984. Songsters & Saints.: Vocal Traditions on Race Records.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Otto, John S. and Augustus M. Burns. 1974. “Black and White Cultural Interaction in the Early Twentieth Century South: Race and Hillbilly Music.” Phylon 35:407-17.

Palmer, Robert. 1981. Deep Blues. New York: Viking Press.

Pena, Manuel H. 1985. The Texas-Mexican Conjunto: History of a Working Class Music. Austin: University of Texas Press.

----------------- 1999. Musica Tejana: The Cultural Economy of Artistic Transformation. College Station: Texas A&M University Press.

Peterson, Richard A. 1998. Creating Country Music: Fabricating Authenticity. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.

Peterson, Richard. 1976. ed. The Production of Culture. Beverley, CA: Sage.

Post, Lauren C. 1962. Cajun Sketches. Baton Rouge: University of Louisiana Press.

Powers, William K. 1982. Yuwipi: Vision & Experience in Oglala Ritual. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.

Reagon, Bernice Johnson, ed. 1992. We’ll Understand it Better By and By: Pioneering African American Gospel Composers. Washington: Smithsonian Institution.

Robbin, Ed. 1979. Woody Guthrie and Me. Berkley: Lancaster-Miller Publishers.

Rogers, Jimmie N. 1989. The Country Music Message: Revisited. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press.

Rosenburg, Neil V., ed. 1993. Transforming Tradition. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Sandmel, Ben. 1999. Zydeco. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi.

Sanjek, Russell and David Sanjek. 1996. Pennies From Heaven: The American Popular Music Business in the Twentieth Century. New York: Da Capo Press.

Santelli, Robert. 1993. The Big Book of Blues. New York: Penguin.

Santelli, Robert and Emily Davidson, eds. 1999. Hard Travelin’: The Life and Legacy of Woody Guthrie. Hanover: University of Wesleyan Press.

Santelli, Robert, Holly George-Warren, and Jim Brown, eds. 2001. American Roots Music. New York: Rolling Stone Press.

Savage, William W., Jr. 1983. Singing Cowboys and all that Jazz. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press.

Savoy, Ann Allen. 1984. Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People. Eunice, LA: Bluebird.

Siporin, Steve. 1992. American Folk Masters: The National Heritage Fellows. New York: Harry Abrams.

Smith, Richard D. 2000. Can’t You Hear Me Callin’: The Life of Bill Monroe. New York: Little Brown and Company.

Stambler, Irwin and Grelun Landon. 1969. Encyclopedia of Folk, Country and Western Music. New York: St. Martin’s Press.

Stricklin, Al. 1980. My Years With Bob Wills. Burnet, TX: Eakin Press.

Swenson, John, ed. 1999. Rolling Stone Jazz and Blues Album Guide. New York: Random House.

Tichi, Cecilia. 1994. High Lonesome: The American Culture of Country Music. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

Tooze, Sandra B. 1997. Muddy Waters: The Mojo Man. Ontario: ECW Press.

Tosches, Nick. 1977[1996]. Country: The Twisted Roots of Rock and Roll. New York: Da Capo.

Vernon, Paul. 1999. African-American Blues, Rhythm and Blues, Gospel and Zydeco on Film and Video, 1926-1997. Aldershot, England: Ashgate.

Von Schmidt, Eric and Jim Rooney. 1979. Baby Let me Follow You Down. New York: Anchor Books.

Ward, Andrew. 1999. Dark Midnight When I Rise: The Story of the Jubilee Singers who Introduced the World to the Music of Black America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Wardlow, Gayle Dean. 1998. Chasin’ That Devil Music: Searching for the Blues. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books.

Whisnant, David E. 1983. All That is Native and Fine: The Politics of Culture in an American Region. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.

White, Charles. 1994. The Life and Times of Little Richard. New York: Da Capo Press.

Willens, Doris. 1988. Lonesome Traveler: The Life of Lee Hays. New York: Norton.

Wolfe, Charles K. 1975. The Grand Ole Opry: The Early Years, 1925-1935. London: Old Time Music.

---------------------. 1977. Tennessee Strings: The Story of Country Music in Tennessee. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.

---------------------. 1980. “The Birth of an Industry.” In The Illustrated History of Country Music, edited by Patrick Carr. Garden City, NY: Doubleday.

---------------------. 1982. Kentucky Country: Folk and Country Music of Kentucky. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky.

---------------------. 1985. “Event Songs.” South Atlantic Quarterly 94:217-30.

---------------------. 1999. A Good-Natured Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry. Nashville: Country Music Foundation Press and Vanderbilt University Press.

Wright, John. 1993. Traveling the High Way Home: Ralph Stanley and his World of Traditional Bluegrass Music. Chicago: University of Illinois Press.

Below is a list of websites to help you learn more about American roots music. There are many more than these on the web, so explore!









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