Charley Patton. Voice of the Mississipi Delta

This book is a new edition, revised, of  a book published in 1987 by the Presses Universitaires de Liège under Robert Sacré’s direction. It includes studies due to internationally well-known specialists like David Evans (Tommy Johnson 1971 ; Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues, 1982 ; The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to the Blues, 2005), Arnold Shaw (Honkers and Shouters: The Golden Years of Rhythm and Blues, 1986), John Broven (Rhythm and Blues in New Orleans, 1re ed. 1974, 2e ed. 1978), Mike Rowe (Chicago Blues : The City & the Music, 1981) and Dick Shurman and Jim O’Neil (authors of many articles in Livin’ Blues). An article by Luther Allison must be noticed ( « I was born in Arkansas and raised in Chicago »). Daniel Droixhe participates to the volume by a study on « Elementary blues and tonal scale in Charley Patton’s recordings » where he tries to distinguish the harmonic structures of Patton’s blues and to show that they are far more varied than one could think by a quick listening.

The book, published by the University Press of Mississippi (June 2018), is available on Amazone in hardcover (81,43 eur.), paperback (24 eur.) and kindle (21,13 eur.) –



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