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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paul Garon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: History Poetry

Born: 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky

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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

Selected Titles At Your Library

Woman with guitar :
ISBN: 0306804603. OCLC Number:

Da Capo Press,. New York :. 1992.

Blues and the poetic spirit /
ISBN: 0872863158. OCLC Number:

City Lights,. San Francisco :. ©1996.

The devil's son-in-law :
ISBN: 0882862669. OCLC Number:

Charles H. Kerr Pub. Co.,. Chicago :. 2003.

What's the use of walking if there's a freight train going your way? :
ISBN: 0882863061. OCLC Number:

C.H. Kerr,. Chicago :. 2006.



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