Folk and blues remains vibrant and alive today and has been enjoying a new boom as audiences rediscover such blues performers as Robert Johnson, John Lee Hooker, and Bessie Smith, and folk artists like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and Bob Dylan. The excitement and impact of decades of these musical forms is the focus of this extensively revised and updated third edition of Folk & Blues: The Encyclopedia, which covers a spectrum of artists from the pioneers at the turn of the twentieth century to the stars of today: Keb’ Mo’, Altan, the Chieftains, Ani DiFranco, Ry Cooder, Sara McLachlan, Wilco, John Prine, and Los Lobos, to name a few.


  • Interviews with many of today’s top artists.
  • Extensive awards information from the Grammys, the FolkAlliance, and the Blues Foundation.
  • Scores of photos of the most important folk and blues artistsof the 20th century.
  • The first comprehensive index of folk and blues music.

Unlike any other book currently on the market, this book covers America’s rich roots music, pioneered by African Americans and European immigrants, which has influenced almost every facet of today’s popular music around the globe. This encyclopedia provides insight into why folk and blues are distinct fields of their own but interact in many ways to provide important additions to America’s musical heritage. This is a unique and highly readable reference that belongs not only on library shelves but also on the desks of music critics and music lovers everywhere. 





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