African-American musicians have lived in, contributed to, and influenced Appalachian music communities since the introduction of the banjo and early work songs and chants through modern blues, jazz, gospel, pop and rock music. While many of these musicians have been documented for their individual achievements, it wasn't until recently that they have been considered collectively in terms of the Appalachian region. John C. Campbell's definition of Appalachia will serve as the border. A good map of the included counties can be found by state or the entire region at http://www.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/maps.html. This pathfinder will provide an introduction to the resources available for these musicians in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection at Appalachian State University and the Western North Carolina Library Network. The comprehensive bibliography will be available in the Black Music Research Journal, v 24, no. 1 (Spring 2005).
An introduction to this topic will appear in the special Appalachian issue of the Black Music Research Journal, forthcoming fall 2004.
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Bastin, Bruce. Red River Blues : The Blues Tradition in the Southeast . Urbana: University of Illinois Press, c1986. ML3521 .B39 1986.
Conway, Cecelia. African Banjo Echoes in Appalachia: A Study of Folk Traditions . Knoxville, TN: University of Tennessee Press, c1995. ML3556 .C667 1995.
Special Appalachian issue of the Black Music Research Journal , forthcoming summer 2004.
Various authors. Black Appalachia [sound recording] : String Bands, Songsters and Hoedowns . Cambridge, MA: Rounder Records, p1999. CDisc #399 liner notes.
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians , 2nd Edition, Grove, Ancient times-present, Full Text (updated regularly). The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is the most comprehensive scholarly encyclopedia of music in English. Coverage of music of all times and places.
De Lerma, Dominique-René . Bibliography of Black Music. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1981. ASU MUSIC REF: ML128.B45 D44 v.1.
Floyd, Samuel A, and Marsha J. Reisser. Black Music in the United States: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Reference and Research Materials . Millwood, N.Y.: Kraus International Publications, 1983. WCU GENERAL: ML128.B45 F6 1983.
Haywood, Charles. A Bibliography of North American Folklore and Folksong . New York, Greenberg . ASU REFERENCE: Z5984.U6 H3x.
Jackson, Irene V. Afro-American Religious Music: A Bibliography and a Catalogue of Gospel Music . Westport, CO: Greenwood Press, 1979. ASU MUSIC REF: ML128.S4 J3.
Johnson, James P. Bibliographic Guide to the Study of Afro-American Music . [Washington] 1973. ASU MUSIC REF: ML128.A4 J6x.
Skowronski, JoAnn. Black Music in America: A Bibliography . Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1981. ASU MUSIC REF: ML128.B45 S6.
Spencer Jon Michael. As the Black School Sings : Black Music Collections at Black Universities and Colleges with a Union List of Book Holdings . New York: Greenwood Press, 1987. UNCA REFERENCE: ML128.B45 S7 1987.
Szwed, John F., and Roger D. Abrahams. Afro-American Folk Culture: An Annotated Bibliography of Materials from North, Central, and South America, and the West Indies . Philadelphia: Institute for the Study of Human Issues, c1978. WCU GENERAL: GR103 .S95 pt.1.
Albertson, Chris. Bessie . New York, Stein and Day 1972. (p. 243 - 244). ML420.S667 A7 1972.
Simone, Nina; Stephen Cleary. I Put a Spell on You: The Autobiography of Nina Simone . New York: Da Capo Press, 1993. UNCA GENERAL, ML420.S5635 A3 1993.
Szwed, John F. Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra . New York: Pantheon Books, c1997. (p. 409 - 425). ASU MUSIC STACKS: ML410.S978 S73 1997.
Tilling, Robert. "Oh, What a Beautiful City": A Tribute to the Reverend Gary Davis (1896-1972): Gospel, Blues, and Ragtime . Jersey [Channel Islands]: Paul Mill Press, 1992. (p. 121 - 123). ML419.D386 O4 1992.
Wald, Elijah. Josh White: Society Blues . Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, c2000. (p. 325 - 327). ML420.W48 W35 2000.
Younger, Richard. Get a Shot of Rhythm and Blues: The Arthur Alexander Story . Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2000. ML420.A5825 Y68 2000.
Zolten, J. Jerome. Great God A'mighty!, The Dixie Hummingbirds: Celebrating the Rise of Soul Gospel Music . Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2003. (p. 338 - 346). ML394 .Z65 2003.
Appalachian Classic Blues Singers: Bessie Smith. http://www.library.appstate.edu/appcoll/research_aids/bessie.html
International Index To Music Periodicals (IIMP), Chadwyck-Healey,1990-present (updated quarterly). IIMP contains citations from about 400 music periodicals from twenty countries. IIMP covers both scholarly and popular articles about music.
RILM Abstracts of Music Literature , FirstSearch, 1969-present (updated quarterly). The RILM database contains over 200,000 citations on international music and covers all aspects of music, including historical musicology, ethnomusicology, instruments and voice, dance, and music therapy.
Living blues . Chicago, IL: Living Blues Publications. ASU MUSIC JRNL/BND.
Black music research journal , Chicago: Institute for Research in Black American Music, Fisk University, c1981-. ASU MUSIC JRNL/BND.
Blues & rhythm, the gospel truth . London : P. Vernon & M. Quinlan. ASU MUSIC JRNL/BND.
Brooks, Edward. The Bessie Smith companion: a critical and detailed appreciation of the recordings . Wheathampstead, Herts, UK: Cavendish Pub. Co.; New York, NY, USA: Da Capo Press, 1982. WCU GENERAL: ML420.S667 B7 1982.
There are many audio and video recordings available in the W.L.Eury Appalachian Collection and the Western North Carolina Library Network. Please see separate list of musicians and available recordings.
Compiler: Mark Freed, 9 November 2003