WESTERN SWING BOOKS

This list attempts to list all books, domestic and import, with western swing related subject. The list is arranged alphabetical title.
The information for each release is as follows: 1) title 2) author 3) year first published 4) publisher 5) country of origin if not U.S. 6) hard or soft cover 7) number of pages 8) series or edition and 9) a brief note about book.
Please send any corrections, additions, or comments to: steve@westernswing.com
Last updated October 23, 2006.

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B

A Biography of Charlie Christian, Jazz Guitar’s King of Swing by Wayne E. Goins and Craig R. McKinney (2005)
The Edwin Mellon Press - Lewiston, New York (hardcover) 417 pages [Studies in the History and Interpretations of Music, Vol. 118]
Note: Many references and an entire chapter on how Christian was influenced by western swing both from radio and after-hours jamming with the likes of Noel Boggs, Clarence Cagle, and others.

Bob Wills: Hubbin’ It by Ruth Sheldon (1995)
Country Music Foundation (paperback) 128 pages [Reprint Edition]
Note: Reprint of 1938 book.

Bob Wills: King of Western Swing compiled and edited by Ronny S. Schiff (1997)
Hal Leonard Corporation (paperback) 104 pages
Note: Songbook with 30 of Wills’ most popular songs. Also includes the short essay “The Bob Wills I Knew” by Dean McKinney-Moore.

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D

Daynce of the Peckerwoods: The Badlands of Texas Music by Michael H. Price (2006)
Music Mentor Books - York, England (softcover) 350 pages
Note: Includes chapters on Billy Briggs, Windy Wood, Fred “Papa” Calhoun, “Zeke” Campbell, Carroll Hubbard, The Light Crust Dougboys, and Buddy Ray.

Discography of Western Swing and Hot String Bands, 1928—1942 by Cary Ginell and Kevin Coffey (2001)
Greenwood Press (hardcover) 288 pages [Discographies Series]
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E

The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music compiled by the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, edited by Paul Kingsbury with the assistance of Laura Garrard, Daniel Cooper, and John Rumble (1998)
Oxford University Press (hardcover) 664 pages
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The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music compiled by the staff of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, edited by Paul Kingsbury with the assistance of Laura Garrard, Daniel Cooper, and John Rumble (2004)
Oxford University Press (paperback) 664 pages

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Hubbin’ It: The Life of Bob Wills0825611229 by Ruth Sheldon (1938)
privately published (hardcover) 147 pages


J

The Jazz of the Southwest: An Oral History of Western Swing by Jean A. Boyd (1998)
University of Texas Press (hardcover) 269 pages
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The Jazz of the Southwest: An Oral History of Western Swing by Jean A. Boyd (1998)
University of Texas Press (paperback) 269 pages


K

The King of Western Swing: Bob Wills Remembered by Rosetta Wills (1998)
Billboard Books (hardcover) 224 pages
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The King of Western Swing: Bob Wills Remembered by Rosetta Wills (2000)
Watson-Guptill Publications (softcover) 224 pages


L

The Light Crust Doughboys Are on the Air: Celebrating Seventy Years of Texas Music by John Mark Dempsey (2002)
University of North Texas Press (hardcover) 320 pages [Evelyn Oppenheimer Series]
Note: Book comes with CD.

The Life of Bob Wills: The King of Western Swing by Jimmy Latham (1974)
Latham Publishing (softcover) 129 pages


M

Milton Brown and the Founding of Western Swing by Cary Ginell and Roy Lee Brown (1994)
University of Illinois Press (hardcover) 330 pages [Music in American Life Series]

My Years With Bob Wills by Al Stricklin (1976)
Naylor Company (hardcover) 153 pages

My Years With Bob Wills by Al Stricklin (1980)
Eakin Press (hardcover) ? pages

My Years With Bob Wills by Al Stricklin (1996)
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum (paperback) 160 pages [3rd revised edition]


P

Playing by Heart: Leon Gibbs & the Miller Brothers Band by Carroll Wilson (2003)
Midwestern State University Press (hardcover) 147 pages


S

San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob Wills by Charles R. Townsend (1976)
University of Illinois Press (hardcover) 395 pages [Music in American Life Series]

San Antonio Rose: The Life and Music of Bob Wills by Charles R. Townsend (1986)
University of Illinois Press (paperback) 395 pages [Music in American Life Series]

Southwest Shuffle: Pioneers of Honky Tonk, Western Swing, and Country Jazz by Richard Kienzle (2003)
Routledge (hardcover) 272 pages

Southwest Shuffle: Pioneers of Honky Tonk, Western Swing, and Country Jazz by Richard Kienzle (2003)
Routledge (paperback) 272 pages


W

We’re the Light Crust Doughboys from Burrus Mill: An Oral History by Jean A. Boyd (2003)
University of Texas Press (hardcover) 164 pages

We’re the Light Crust Doughboys from Burrus Mill: An Oral History by Jean A. Boyd (2003)
University of Texas Press (paperback) 164 pages

Western Swing by Andrew G. Hager (1997)
Friedman/Fairfax Publishing (hardcover) 64 pages [The Life, Times & Music Series]
Note: Book comes with CD.

Western Swing by Andrew G. Hager (1997)
Friedman/Fairfax Pub. (paperback) 64 pages [The Life, Times & Music Series]
Note: Book comes with CD.

Western Swing Fiddle by Stacy Phillips (1997)
Music Sales Corporation (paperback) 160 pages
Note: Over 100 transcriptions of classic swing fiddle solos from 1928 to the present. History and technique are explored through in-depth analyses of the playing of Bob Wills, Johnny Gimble, Cliff Bruner, and many others. Contains a discography, a bibliography, and rare historical photos.


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