Elijah Wald – Writer, Musician

Welcome to my site. It includes a brief bio and pages about my various books (mostly music-related, though Riding with Strangers is about a cross-country hitchhiking trip). Also about my CD, Street Corner Cowboys, and other writing and album projects, including an instructional DVD on the Bahamian guitar style of Joseph Spence. There are also various blues-related pages, pages on contemporary topical corridos, corrido censorship, and interviews with corridistas, appreciations of my father and the Japanese singer Mikami Kan, an archive with several dozen newspaper and magazine pieces on world and roots music among other topics, and whatever else seemed worth putting up here... Including a page on The Mayor of MacDougal Street, the source of the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, one on my history of American popular music, How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll, with links to relevant music, videos, and vintage radio shows, and one on The Dozens, the African American tradition of mother-insult-dueling, and its offshoots in American culture.

Talking 'Bout Your Mama:
The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap

Josh White: Society Blues

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Josh White:
Society Blues
A Journey into the Music of Drugs, Guns, and Guerrillas

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Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson
and the Invention of the Blues
How the Beatles Destroyed Rock 'n' Roll:
An Alternative History of American Popular Music
Dave Van Ronk:
The Mayor of MacDougal Street

New edition!
Global Minstrels:
Voices of World Music
The Dozens:
A History of
Rap's Mama
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The Blues:
A Very Short Introduction
Riding With Strangers:
A Hitchhiker's Journey
Other books and
and writing
My CD and
other album project
Joseph Spence Instructional DVD African Acoustic
Elijah Wald Bio

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