In Search Of The Blues By Marybeth Hamilton BOOK
this extraordinary reconstruction of
the origins of
the blues, historian Marybeth Hamilton demonstrates that the story as we know it is largely a myth. Following the trail of
characters like Howard Odum, who ... vagrants, John and Alan Lomax, who prowled Southern penitentiaries and unearthed the rough, melancholy vocals of
Leadbelly, and James McKune, a recluse whose record collection came to define the primal sounds ...