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Recommend Me Books on the Blues

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I wouldn't disavow the CD in that book - if you want Paramounts, which are so varied in quality, you should get as many different transfers as possible. And I think Wardlow's book is essential in its own way; he was the one who finally figured out who King Solomon Hill was; and that's no mean feat.

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His encouraging Americans' appreciation of blues was certainly valuable in the 1950s and '60s. I remember Bob Koester leading him to Chicago musicians to make those Vanguard albums in 1966. But this obituary makes Bukka White, Sleepy John Estes, etc. appear important only because inferior musicians such as Bob Dylan, etc. sang their blues.

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