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He is responsible for much ground-breaking research (much done initially with folklorist Peter B. Lowry) over the decades.
A former secondary school geography teacher, Bastin holds a Master's degree in Folklore from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the author of two books on the Piedmont Blues, Crying for the Carolines and Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast, as well as a biography of music publisher Joe Davis, Never Sell a Copyright. He has written articles for many music journals and books over the decades, plus liner note essays for LPs and CDs, not all dealing with the South Eastern blues style.
for whom he has produced and/or programmed over 850 albums in many musical genres, generally "re-issue" in nature, since the days of vinyl.
- Bastin, Bruce (1971) Crying for the Carolines (London: Studio Vista). ISBN 978-0-289-70209-3.
- Bastin, Bruce (1986/1995) Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press). ISBN 0-252-06521-2, ISBN 978-0-252-06521-7 at Google Books
- Bastin, Bruce "Blind Boy Fuller" in Grossman, Stefan & Fuller, Blind Boy Stefan Grossman's early masters of American blues guitar: Blind Boy Fuller Alfred Publishing, 1993 ISBN 0-7390-4331-5, ISBN 978-0-7390-4331-8 at Google Books
- Bastin, Bruce "Truckin' My Blues Away - East Coast Piedmont Styles" in Lawrence Cohn, ed. (1993). Nothing But the Blues: The Music and the Musicians. Abbeville Publishing Group (Abbeville Press, Inc.), pp. 205 – 231. ISBN 1-55859-271-7.
- "UCSB Library". Library.ucsb.edu. Retrieved 2016-11-18.
- Flyright Records at Interstate Music Ltd.
- Illustrated Flyright Records discography
- Illustrated Krazy Kat Records discography
- Illustrated Magpie Records discography
- Illustrated Travelin' Man Records discography
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