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Blues Music: General Histories and Surveys

Assistance with finding blues recordings and information about the blues in the library

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W.C. Handy's Blue's Hall on Beale Street in Memphis.


"Blues means what milk does to a baby. Blues is what the spirit is to the minister. We sing the blues because our hearts have been hurt, our souls have been disturbed."

-Alberta Hunter


That Harmonica Case, opened      Photo Attribution: kikisdad

[Harmonica case]

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Some of these resources are located in the Music Library's reference section, and can only be used within the library. Click on the title to check the location and availability.

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