Author's Note; Introduction; A Note on Language; Select Annotated Bibliography of Dictionary Sources; General Bibliography; Informants Cited in Text; Abbreviations and Symbols Used in Text; Dictionary Entries A-Z; Index
An exhaustive, engrossing lexicon of blues idioms
Stephen Calt is the author or coauthor of the blues biographies I'd Rather Be The Devil: Skip James and the Blues and King Of The Delta Blues: The Life and Music of Charlie Patton.
"A valuable, unique work. No other book explains as many new, often subtle aspects of the blues language that Stephen Calt has lived with for over forty years." Kip Lornell, author of The NPR Curious Listener's Guide To American Folk Music