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Paul Garon

Born: 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Garon lives in Chicago.

Biography: 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.


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Primary Literary Genre(s): History; Poetry

Email: Beasley@beasleybooks.com
Website: http://www.beasleybooks.com
Paul Garon on WorldCat : http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=paul+garon


Selected Titles

Blues and the poetic spirit /
ISBN: 0872863158 OCLC: 34116355

City Lights, San Francisco : ©1996.

The devil's son-in-law :
ISBN: 0882862669 OCLC: 433165955

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: 63127739

C.H. Kerr, Chicago : 2006.

Woman with guitar :
ISBN: 0306804603 OCLC: 25281259

Da Capo Press, New York : 1992.

Woman with guitar :
ISBN: 0872866211 OCLC: 863695624

Woman with Guitar is a fascinating, thorough and extremely valuable biography of one of American musical history's most vibrant and pioneering artists. As the first woman singer/songwriter/ guitarist to ever reach stardom, the story of her life in music, on and off the stage, during one of the most important and formative periods of the origins of popular music, is an indelible, crucial window into that history.--Bonnie Raitt Woman with Guitar has been, since it was first published in 1992 and now with this new revised and extended edition, still the only real definitive biography of Memphis Minnie, the most important female singer, songwriter and guitarist in the history of Delta blues.--Lucinda Williams An excellent book.--Bill Wyman Woman with Guitar is not simply a carefully researched biography of Memphis Minnie, complied from the memories of her relatives, friends, and fellow performers; it is a vivid portrait of a talented singer and guitarist ... The authors have added a new dimension to blues scholarship.--Paul Oliver, author of Blues Off the Record Woman with Guitar is a delight. The book is both thorough and brilliant, a rare combination these days... A fanatic interest in Minnie underpins and energizes this wonderful biography.--David Roediger, author of The Wages of Whiteness.

 

 

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