Peter’s New Edition of Blues Published!

Peter’s edition of early blues sheet music has been published!  Early Published Blues and Proto-Blues (18501915) is a critical edition of early blues-related sheet music, including all known blues songs and instrumental compositions from before 1916 and a curated selection of early proto-blues, that is, published works stylistically related to the emerging blues style  from 1850–1912. Presenting for the first time the rise of popular blues culture, and the culmination of more than twenty-five years of scholarship, Early Published Blues promises to transform our understanding of American vernacular music.   

The volume is part of prestigous Music of the United States of America (MUSA), a national series of scholarly editions that seeks to reflect the character and diversity of American music making. Published as a set within the Recent Researches in American Music series, MUSA is a joint venture with the American Musicological Society (AMS), and is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information on the MUSA project, see the MUSA web page.