Fort Valley State College Folk Festivals

Selected Bibliography

Books | Articles | Sound Recordings

Bastin, Bruce. Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1986.

Bellamy, Donnie D. Light in the Valley : A Pictorial History of Fort Valley State College Since 1895. Virginia Beach, Va: Donning Co. 1996.

Cooper, W. M. The Sacred Harp. 5th ed. Dothan, Ala. [c1909].

Courlander, Harold. Negro Folk Music U.S.A. New York: Columbia University Press, 1963.

Cureau, Rebecca T. "Willis Laurence James (1900-1966): Musician, Music Educator, Folklorist." Ph.D. diss., Atlanta University, 1987.

Floyd, Samuel A. International Dictionary of Black Composers. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999.

Jones, Lewis Wade. Cold Rebellion; the South's Oligarchy in Revolt. London: MacGibbon & Kee, 1962.

McAdams, Nettie Fitzgerald. Folk-songs of the American Negro; A Collection of Unprinted Texts Preceded by a General Survey of the Traits of Negro Song. N.p., 1923.

McIlhenny, Edward Avery. Befo' De War Spirituals. Boston: The Christopher Publishing House, 1933.

National Baptist Publishing Board. National Jubilee Melodies. 23d ed. Nashville: National Baptist Pub. Board, n.d.

Rubman, Kerrill Leslie. "From 'Jubilee' to 'Gospel' in Black Male Quartet Singing." Master's thesis, University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill, 1980.

Southern, Eileen. Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Musicians. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press, 1982.

White, Newman Ivey. American Negro Folk-songs. Hatboro, Pa.: Folklore Associates, 1965 [c1928].

Wolfe, Charles K. Thomas W. Talley's "Negro Folk Rhymes." Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1991 (original ed. 1922).

Work, John Wesley Jr. Folk song of the American Negro. Nashville: Press of Fisk University, 1915.

Work, John Wesley III. American Negro Songs. New York: Howell, Soskin & Co., 1940.

---------- . Jubilee. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1962.


Bastin, Bruce, and Pete Lowry. "Fort Valley Blues." Blues Unlimited, no. 111 (December-January 1974-75): 11-13.

Bastin, Bruce. "Fort Valley Blues, Part 2." Blues Unlimited, no. 112 (March-April 1975): 13-16.

---------- . "Fort Valley Blues, Part 3." Blues Unlimited, no. 114 (July-August 1975): 20-21.

Brown, Sterling. "The Muted South." Phylon 6 (1945): 22-34.

Cureau, Rebecca T. "Black Folklore, Musicology, and Willis Laurence James." Negro History Bulletin 43, no. 1 (1980): 16-20.

---------- . "Willis Laurence James and the Preservation of Black Religious Folk Song." Black Sacred Music: A Journal of Theomusicology 4, no. 2 (Fall 1990): 1-13.

James, Willis Laurence. Stars in De Elements: A Study of Negro Folk Music. A Special Issue of Black Sacred Music: A Journal of Theomusicology 9, nos. 1 & 2 (1995), edited by Jon Michael Spencer.

---------- . "The Romance of the Negro Folk Cry in America." Phylon 16 (1955): 15-30.

Nemerov, Bruce. "John Wesley Work III: Field Recordings of Southern Black Folk Music, 1935-1942." Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin 53, no. 3 (Fall 1987): 82-103.

Work, John Wesley. "Changing Patterns in Negro Folksong." Journal of American Folklore 72 (1940): 137-144.

Sound Recordings
Fort Valley Blues. (Flyright-Matchbox Library of Congress Series, Volume 2) Flyright Matchbox SDM 250, 1974.
One LP containing fifteen recordings made by by J. Work, W. James, and L. Jones at the Fort Valley Folk Festival. Part of the Saydisc "Matchbox" blues series. Durations and discographical and program notes by T. Russell.

Brown, Buster. The New King of The Blues. Collectables Records, 1960.

James, Willis Laurence. Afro-American Music: A Demonstration Recording. Smithsonian Folkways 2692. New York: Moses Asch, 1970.

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