Nobody Knows Where The Blues Come From: Lyrics And History
Editor: Robert Springer
Publication date: 2005
American Made Music Series
University Press of Mississippi
"Musicians and music scholars rightly focus on the sounds of the blues and the colorful life stories of blues performers. Equally important and, until now, inadequately studied are blues lyrics and the lyrics of other types of African American popular music. The collection of international contributors to this volume seeks to explore this aspect of the blues. Essayists in Nobody Knows Where the Blues Comes From delve deep into the lyrics of a broad array of songs and establish the significance of African American popular song as a neglected form of oral history."