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Posted By: GUEST,Fred McCormick
13-Mar-15 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: Whose Biography would you like to read?
Subject: RE: Whose Biography would you like to read?
Superb biograhies? Well, someone has already mentioned Dave Arthur's book on Bert Lloyd so I won't mention that one.

However, I'm suprised that we've made it this far down without anyone apparently mentioning Timothy Neat's 2 volume biography of Hamish Henderson. Polygon 2009.

Other must reads include:

The Last Cavalier-The Life & Times of John A Lomax. Nolan Porterfield. Illinois UP. 1996.
The Man Who Recorded the World; A Biography of Alan Lomax. John Szwed. Heinmann. 2010.
The Life and Legend of Leadbelly. Charles Wolfe/Kip Lornell. Secker & Warburg. 1993
Ramblin' Man; The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie. Ed Cray. W W Norton        . 2004. Despite Joe Offer's comments above, this is an extraordinary read and it contains a lot of detail which wasn't known about when Klein was writing his book. The other book which Joe mentions is presumably Woody Guthrie; American Radical. Will Kaufman. Illinois UP. 2011. That isn't so much a biography as a discussion of his politics. Well worth reading though.

There is a hell of a lot more, including biographies of just about every bluesman who ever recorded, but they'll have to wait for another day.