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Here are the music and video playlists for this course.

Please check back on or after the day of the class; these listings are subject to change. In addition, these playlists reflect our best intentions. If we get to talking, we may not get to all of the tunes.


Carson, Phil. Roy Buchanan: American Axe. Hal Leonard Corporation, 2001.

Cohodas, Nadine. Spinning blues into gold: The Chess brothers and the legendary Chess Records. United States: Iconoclassic Books, 2012.

Cohen, Rich. Machers and rockers: Chess Records and the business of rock & roll. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2004.

Guralnick, Peter. Feel like going home: portraits in blues & rock’n’ roll. New York: Perennial Library, 1989.

Looking to get lost: adventures in music and writing. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2020.

and Scorsese, Martin. Martin Scorsese presents the blues: a musical journey. New York: Amistad, 2003. Print.

Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock ‘n’ Roll. New York, NY: Back Bay Books, 2016.

Turner, Ike, and Nigel Cawthorne. Takin’ Back My Name: The Confessions of Ike Turner. Virgin Pub, 1999.