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Bill Edwards' RagPiano.com Bibliography and Reference Sources
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Throughout this site are many facts about ragtime composers, performers, publishers, pieces, events, etc. Given the format of the web I have chosen to not put marked citations for sources of many facts because it would create a heavy quantity of hyper links, or make formatted text difficult to read due to all the footnote citations. Also, some of the same facts come from multiple sources, and much of this is also original discovery from non-authored references indigenous to the ragtime era. So in an effort to be inclusive and not ignore many of these useful sources and their authors, I have assembled this global bibliography and reference of sources.
Wherever possible I have linked the name of the source to either that source or something that references it, sometimes through a link at Amazon or a similar on-line vendor. You can also look up many of these items at your local library, or through library exchange programs. Also echoed here are many on-line music archives which are further used as reference sources since they are useful for repertoire and copyright dates, sometimes with useful textual hints on a composer as well. If you have any further questions on any of these, please click on my head in the top frame and email me.
Thank You,   perfessor bill

Reference Sources In and Out of Print (OOP)
All My Best Friends (OOP)
George Burns with David Fisher - ©1989, 1990, G.P. Putnam, New York.
Blind Boone: Missouri's Ragtime Pioneer
Jack A. Batterson with Rebecca B. Schroeder - ©1998, University of Missouri Press.
Chicago Jazz: A Cultural History
William Howland Kenney - ©1993, 1994, 1998, Oxford University Press.
Covers of Gold
Marion Short - ©1998 Schiffer Books.
Dancing to a Black Man's Tune: A Life of Scott Joplin
Susan Curtis - ©2004 University of Missouri Press.
From Cakewalks to Concert Halls (OOP)
Thomas L. Morgan and William Barlow - ©1992 Black Belt Press.
From Footlights to the Flickers
Marion Short - ©1998 Schiffer Books.
The Gold in Your Piano Bench
Marion Short - ©1997 Schiffer Books.
Gracie: A Love Story (OOP)
George Burns - ©1988, 1990 G.P. Putnam, New York.
Hollywood Movie Songs
Marion Short - ©1998 Schiffer Books.
King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era
Edward A. Berlin - ©1994, Oxford University Press.
The Life and Times of Scott Joplin
John Bankston - ©2004 Mitchell Lane Publishers.
Lissauer's Encyclopedia of Popular Music in American 1888 to the Present (1993) (OOP)
Robert Lissauer - ©1991, 1993, Facts on File. Three Volume Set.
Mister Jelly Roll (OOP)
Alan Lomax - ©1950, 1973, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles.
More Gold in Your Piano Bench
Marion Short - ©1997 Schiffer Books.
Dimensions in Jazz (WNYC Radio Show Script) (OOP)
Rudi Blesh - ©1964 WNYC University Press.
Ragged but Right: Black Traveling Shows, Coon Songs, And the Dark Pathway to Blues And Jazz
Lynn Abbott & Doug Seroff - ©2007, University Press of Mississippi.
Rags and Ragtime, A Musical History
David A. Jasen & Trebor Jay Tichenor - ©1978, 1989, Seabury Press, New York.
Ragtime: A Musical and Cultural History
Edward A. Berlin - ©1980,2002, University of California Press, Berkeley and Los Angeles.
Ragtime: An Encyclopedia, Discography, and Sheetography
David A. Jasen - ©2007, Routledge.
Reflections and Research on Ragtime (OOP)
Edward A. Berlin - ©1987, Institute for Studies in American Music, Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College, New York.
Scott Joplin (OOP)
James Haskins with Kathleen Benson - ©1978, Stein and Day/Scarborough, New York.
Scott Joplin (Black Americans of Achievement) (OOP)
Katherine Preston - ©1990, Chelsea House Publishing.
Spreadin' Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters, 1880-1930
David A Jasen & Gene Jones - ©1998, Schirmer Books, New York.
That American Rag, The Story of Ragtime in the United States
David A. Jasen & Gene Jones - ©2000, Schirmer Books, New York.
They All Played Ragtime (OOP)
Rudi Blesh & Harriet Janis - ©1950, 1959, 1966, 1971, Oak Publications, New York.
They Were Ragtime (OOP)
Warren Forma - ©1976 Putnam Publication Group.
This is Jazz (Lecture Series) (OOP)
Rudi Blesh - ©1943 Rudi Blesh.
This Is Ragtime
Terry Waldo - ©1976, 1991, Da Capo Press, New York.
Time-Life American History - Twelve Volume Set (OOP)
Various/Time-Life Editors - ©1963, 1993 Time-Life Books.
Tin Pan Alley (OOP)
David A Jasen - ©1988, 1989, Donald Fine Inc., New York.
Tom Turpin - His Life and Music
Gene Jones - ©1995, Tom Turpin Ragtime Festival, Savannah, GA.
Additional On-line Research Sources
Ancestry
Census records, directories, government sources. Paid membership required.
The Scholarly Journal Archive
Source of many books not available elsewhere. Membership required or access is available from most libraries.
Google Book Search
Partial or complete text of many good reference sources. Also has on-line library links to aid in finding a book copy.
Wikipedia
On-line encyclopedia. Information can be contributed by anybody, so check sources carefully.
Ragtime Compendium
Comprehensive listing of known rags, rag songs, cakewalks, etc. with composers, years, publishers and sources.
Red Hot Jazz
Collective information on early jazz artists, recordings and repertoire.
Ragtime and Old-Time Music Sites/Archives
Individuals Not Mentioned Above Who Have
Contributed to Ragtime Research
Note that individual email addresses are not linked to here, but can be made available on request pending approval.
Nora Hulse
Specialty is Women in Ragtime
Nan Bostick (Dec)
Specialty was Charles N. Daniels and Women in Ragtime
Michael Meddings (Dec)
Specialty was Jelly Roll Morton and related artists
Reginald Pitts
Ragtime Geneaologist
Brent Watkins
Midwest Ragtime and Race in Ragtime
Butch Thompson
Jelly Roll Morton and Blues and Stride Piano
Max Morath
Research on some individual composers and pieces.
Bob Milne
Barrelhouse, Boogie and Origins of Ragtime.
Richard Zimmerman
Historical Elements of Ragtime.
Tracy Doyle
Biographical Information on Egbert Van Alstyne.
Frederick Hodges
Information on George L. Cobb and Post-Ragtime Composers.
Phil Stewart
Biographical Information on Charles L. Johnson
Todd Robbins
New York Ragtime Figures
Luigi Ranalli
A Variety of Research Facts and Observations
Marco Romano
A Variety of Research Facts and Observations
Adam Swanson
Research on Ragtime Performers
Andrew Barrett
Research on Ragtime Performers
Max Keenlyside
Research on Ragtime Performers
Ramona Baker
Research on Ragtime Performers