Crane School's library director co-authors book about books about the blues
Friday, July 18, 2014 - 1:44 pm

POTSDAM -- Crane School of Music library director Ed Komara recently co-authored "100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own," published by Rowman and Littlefield.

Komara wrote the book with Greg Johnson, who succeeded him as the blues archivist at the University of Mississippi.

The guide, which was published in the Best Music Books series, offers descriptions and background information on the titles in their "Blues 100" list.

"Our intent was to make this the 101st book every blues fan should own, but personally I think it ranks somewhere in the top 10. These are the books to read in between blues concerts -- but not during them," Komara said. "Most of the books about the blues have been written by folklorists and anthropologists. But Greg and I call attention to a small but significant body of work published by African American writers."

"100 Books Every Blues Fan Should Own" is available in the College Store at SUNY Potsdam and on Amazon.