Talkin' to Myself
Blues Lyrics, 1921-1942
By Michael Taft
Routledge – 2005 – 744 pages
Talkin' to Myself: Blues Lyrics, 1921-1942 is a compendium of lyrics by the great blues recording artists of the classic blues era. It includes over 2000 songs, transcribed directly from the original recordings, making it by far the most comprehensive and accurate collection of blues lyrics available.
"Man, you want to talk about lyrical power? This is a treasure chest of more than 2,000 songs and these artists weren't scared to discuss what really moves them." -- Vibe magazine
Michael Taft is Head of the Archive of Folk Culture at the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. He has authored, co-authored or edited thirteen books. In addition, he has published over 125 articles and reviews, and has given over 100 papers, workshops, and other presentations. He lives in Silver Springs, MD.