There are countless Blues courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.
- Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music (2009)
- 40th Edition Blue Book of Gun Values (2019)
- Blues People: Negro Music in White America (1999)
- Blue Hole Back Home (2017)
- Little Blue Truck big book (2010)
- No More Secrets: A Small Town Love Story (Blue Moon) (2016)
- The Only Blue Door (2013)
- Endless Stretch of Blue (2019)
- Fall into Temptation: A Small Town Love Story (Blue Moon) (2016)
- Red, White & Royal Blue (2019)
Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music (2009)
“The essential history of this distinctly American genre.”―Atlanta Journal-Constitution In this “expertly researched, elegantly written, dispassionate yet thoughtful history” (Gary Giddins), award-winning author Ted Gioia gives us “the rare combination of a tome that is both deeply informative and enjoyable to read” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).
40th Edition Blue Book of Gun Values (2019)
This new 40th Anniversary edition features a throwback cover style that pays homage to the very 1st Edition Blue Book of Gun Values and includes all the new 2019 makes and models, along with important pricing updates on many current and discontinued models. For the first time in decades, many values on collectible firearms, especially AR-15s, have gone down significantly – this new 40th edition carefully tracks this recent trend. 2,512 pages are included on nearly 1,700 manufacturers/trademark…
Blues People: Negro Music in White America (1999)
“The path the slave took to ‘citizenship’ is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen’s music — through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz
Blue Hole Back Home (2017)
In a time when cross burnings and men in white hoods appeared to be a thing of the past, a small town confronts a kind of hate it thought had long since died out… Shelby Lenoir Maynard, nicknamed Turtle, has never much trusted girls her own age, spending her days instead with her brother and his pack of friends. But when a mysterious Sri Lankan girl of Moorish descent moves to town, Turtle invites her to their secret haven: the Blue Hole.
Little Blue Truck big book (2010)
Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they’re willing to whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road. Filled with truck sounds and animals noises, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.
No More Secrets: A Small Town Love Story (Blue Moon) (2016)
Carter Pierce is a man who believes in signs. He just doesn’t know what to do with this one.In the small town of Blue Moon Bend, where everybody is a matchmaker, Carter wants to be left alone to tend the family farm. After returning from Afghanistan with scars, his only goal is recovery. He doesn’t need any distractions, and definitely not one with silver-blonde hair and lips that beg to be kissed.Summer Lentz is a journalist from the city sent to interview Carter and his family.
The Only Blue Door (2013)
This is the story of Maggie and her young siblings, Grace and Billy. It is September 1940, the children are living in the East End of London with their mother. Their father has been killed at Dunkirk and their mother goes into hospital to have her fourth child, leaving the children with a neighbour. In one of the worst bombing raids of the war their home is destroyed and the neighbour is killed.
Endless Stretch of Blue (2019)
Lorenzo Moretti and Damon Blackwell have never met, but they’re tied together by the same tragedy. They were both there that night. They each lost someone they loved. They’ve been living as shells of their former selves ever since. Running into each other and realizing their shared pasts? Pure serendipity.Being together is a tingle at the base of Enzo’s spine, a comfort that settles into Damon’s bones. No one understands what they went through the night the club caught fire—until now.
Fall into Temptation: A Small Town Love Story (Blue Moon) (2016)
Beckett Pierce is the most eligible bachelor in the nosiest small town in upstate New York. But after his last girlfriend handcuffed herself to his porch and set his welcome mat on fire, he’s not looking for any more romance.Even if it lands right in his backyard. And has miles of red hair.Gianna Decker has her hands full–no, overflowing–with problems.
Red, White & Royal Blue (2019)
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius―his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond.
Best Blues Books You Should Read
We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some blues books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.
Slim Harpo: Blues King Bee of Baton Rouge
Author(s): Martin Hawkins
ID: 3213721, Publisher: LSU Press, Year: 2022, Size: 2 Mb, Format: epub
Flipped : How Georgia Turned Purple and Broke the Monopoly on Republican Power
Author(s): Greg Bluestein
ID: 3238227, Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, Year: 2022, Size: 1 Mb, Format: epub
Georges River Blues: Swamps, Mangroves and Resident Action, 1945–1980
Author(s): Heather Goodall
ID: 3362238, Publisher: ANU Press, Year: 2022, Size: 19 Mb, Format: pdf
Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really chart-busters according to USA Today, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.