This groundbreaking book, written by Max Haymes, one of the foremost blues historians in the UK, is based on over 30 years' research, exploration and absolute passion for early blues music. It is the first ever comprehensive study of the enormous impact of the railroads on 19th and early 20th Century African American society and the many and varied references to this new phenomenon in early blues lyrics. The book is comprehensively annotated, and also includes a Discography at the end of each chapter.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Serious Research into Early Blues 11 Feb 2013
By Bob
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This book is clearly the result of many years of painstaking, detailed research. As far as I know, it is the only book on this subject, i.e. the importance of the railroads in the lives of African Americans in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and how this is reflected in the lyrics of early blues recordings. It is hugely informative and very readable. This book will be an important reference work of benefit to future generations of blues scholars. It will also be of great interest to all those who play early blues and love listening to it. Blues lyrics are often a mystery to the present day listener; this book does much to penetrate the mysteries and provide authoritative explanations.