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Beth Garon

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Beth lives and works in Chicago.

Biography: Beth and her husband author Paul Garon currently own and operate Beasley Books, a bookstore in Chicago. It is a bookstore of rare first editions and collectible books on subjects such as African American studies, labor history, psychiatry / psychoanalysis and one of the largest stocks in the US of scarce and out of print books on jazz and blues. Some of the store's best books are on display at Chicago Rare Book Center, in Evanston, Illinois.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Beth Garon on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

Woman with guitar : Memphis Minnie's blues
ISBN: 0306804603 OCLC: 25281259

Da Capo Press New York 1992

Woman with Guitar is a fascinating, thorough and extremely valuable biography of one of American musical history's most vibrant and pioneering artists. As the first woman singer/songwriter/ guitarist to ever reach stardom, the story of her life in music, on and off the stage, during one of the most important and formative periods of the origins of popular music, is an indelible, crucial window into that history.--Bonnie Raitt Woman with Guitar has been, since it was first published in 1992 and now with this new revised and extended edition, still the only real definitive biography of Memphis Minnie, the most important female singer, songwriter and guitarist in the history of Delta blues.--Lucinda Williams An excellent book.--Bill Wyman Woman with Guitar is not simply a carefully researched biography of Memphis Minnie, complied from the memories of her relatives, friends, and fellow performers; it is a vivid portrait of a talented singer and guitarist ... The authors have added a new dimension to blues scholarship.--Paul Oliver, author of Blues Off the Record Woman with Guitar is a delight. The book is both thorough and brilliant, a rare combination these days... A fanatic interest in Minnie underpins and energizes this wonderful biography.--David Roediger, author of The Wages of Whiteness.