Bruce Bastin

British folklorist

1939   -  

country of citizenship: United Kingdom
occupation: musicologist

Bruce Bastin (born 19 September 1939 in Chelmsford, Essex, England) is an English folklorist and a leading expert on the blues styles of the South Eastern states of America (East Coast Blues or Piedmont Blues).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. Bruce Bastin is also the managing director of Interstate Music, Ltd., West Sussex, England, with its labels: Country Routes Flyright Harlequin Heritage Krazy Kat Magpie Travelin' Man.for whom he has produced and/or programmed albums in many musical genres, generally re-issue in nature.
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