Paul Garon

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Paul Garon (born 1942) is an American author, writer, and editor, noted for his meditations on surrealist works, and also a noted scholar on blues as a musical and cultural movement.[1] He once wrote that "blues represents a fusion of music and poetry accomplished at a very high emotional temperature".[2] Amongst his other publications, Garon was the biographer of Peetie Wheatstraw.[3] He was one of the founding editors of Living Blues magazine in 1970. Garon and his wife Beth currently operate Beasley Books, a rare book business in Chicago. He is also a founding partner of the Chicago Rare Book Center, in Evanston, Illinois.


  • What's the Use of Walking if There's A Freight Train Going Your Way? Black Hoboes and Their Songs. with Gene Tomko, 2015. ISBN 978-0882863719
  • Woman With Guitar: Memphis Minnie's Blues, with Beth Garon, 1992. ISBN 978-0306804601
  • Blues and the Poetic Spirit, 2001. ISBN 978-0872863156
  • The Forecast Is Hot: Tracts & Other Collective Declarations of the Surrealist Movement in the United States 1966–1976, with Franklin Rosemont and Penelope Rosemont, 1997. ISBN 978-0941194297
  • The Devil's Son-In-Law: The Story of Peetie Wheatstraw and His Songs, 2003. ISBN 978-0882862668
  • Rana Mozelle: Surrealist Texts, 1978. ISBN 978-0941194051
  • The Charles H. Kerr Company Archives 1885–1985: A Century of Socialist and Labor Publishing, 1985. ISBN 978-0882861449
  • "White Blues," Race Traitor 4 (1995)[4]


  1. ^ Prahlad, Anand (January 1, 2006). The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Folklore: G-P. Greenwood Press. p. 498. ISBN 9780313330377. Retrieved July 22, 2019 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ Robert Palmer. Deep Blues. Penguin Books. p. 19. ISBN 978-0-14-006223-6.
  3. ^ Giles Oakley (1997). The Devil's Music. Da Capo Press. pp. 171/3. ISBN 978-0-306-80743-5.
  4. ^ "RACE TRAITOR - White Blues". Retrieved February 3, 2019.

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