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Resources on American Roots Music, MUH 3053: Finding books, articles, and other resources

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Frequently Used Resources

Books on styles/genres

The Allen Music Library has a wealth of resources on music of all types -- not just the usual western composers like Bach and Beethoven. If you need book-length information about a genre/style, here are some starting points:

  • Use a subject search instead of the "anywhere" or "keyword" search if you know the name of the genre or of a particular musician. For example, books about the blues legend Robert Johnson are best found with a subject search for Johnson, Robert (and in this case, limited to the Allen Music Library.
  • Need some concrete examples?


Photo to the upper right: Head of the Allen Music Library, Laura Gayle Green's, father and family friends at a house jam in the early 1970s.

Books and articles


Finding journal articles on these topics (using Old-time music as an example):

Photo on the right: House jam in the 1940s or 1950s. Laura Gayle Green's uncle on fiddle and his cousin on banjo.

Other resources

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