Paul Garon

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General Information

Name: Paul Garon

Pen Name: None

Genres: History, Poetry

Born: 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky



Illinois Connection

Garon lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paul Garon is an American author, writer, and editor, noted for his meditations on surrealist works, and also a noted scholar on blues as a musical and cultural movement. He was one of the founding editors of Living Blues magazine in 1970. Garon and his wife Beth currently own and operate Beasley Books, a bookstore in Chicago. It is a bookstore of rare first editions and collectible books on subjects such as African American studies, labor history, psychiatry / psychoanalysis and one of the largest stocks in the US of scarce and out of print books on jazz and blues. Some of the store's best books are on display at Chicago Rare Book Center, in Evanston, Illinois.

Published Works

  • Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues, DeCapo Press , 1992 - written with Beth Garon
  • Blues and The Poetic Spirit, City Lights Publisher, 1996
  • The Devils Son-In-Law: The Story of Peetie Wheatstraw and His Songs, Charles H. Kerr, 2003
  • Whats The Use of Walking When There's A Freight Train Going Your Way, Charles H. Kett, 2006

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues

ISBN: 0306804603
Release Date: 1992-03-22

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Blues and the Poetic Spirit (Roots of Jazz S)

ISBN: 0872863158
Release Date: 2001-01-01

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Literary Awards


Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

Paul Garon on WorldCat

Paul Garon on Amazon


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