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Conversation with Dr. Bill Ferris (Square Books, 2021)

Check out the full conversation with William "Bill" Ferris here.

William "Bill" Ferris has written extensively about southern culture and the Blues. His most popular books are probably: Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues ; Blues From the Delta; and The Stories South: Voices of Writers and Artists.


Check out the full conversation with William "Bill" Ferris here.


Bill has already read a lot of books about southern culture and the Blues, including my recent, I Don't Like the Blues: Race, Place, and the Backbeat of Black Life, about which he said the following:


"With this moving book, B. Brian Foster offers us a landmark study of race and music in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and asks us to consider what Black life looks like and, most importantly, sounds like in the rural South. No one before Foster has captured Black voices as clearly and poignantly. Drawing from nearly 250 interviews, he spends time ‘kicking it with folks’ who express their anger and disappointment that blues music has been stolen from them. I Don’t Like the Blues is a gritty, deeply human book that every American should read." - William "Bill" Ferris

I had a good time talking with Bill about my book.


Check out the full conversation with William "Bill" Ferris here.