- Title Pages
- An Introductory Word
- Foreword to the American Edition
- A Word of Thanks
- The Big Bang and Real Jazz
- “Slang” for Snakes
- The Blues Scoop
- Shifting Perspectives
- Irrevocable Step
- Nothing but the Blues and Statistics
- Matters of Principle
- Dreadfully Purged
- Pure Friendship
Chapter IOrigin, History, and Character of the Blues
Chapter IIAnalysis of The Different Types of Lyrics
Chapter IIITradition in Blues Lyrics
Chapter IVSatire and Self-Satire
- Song Index and Discography
- Boom’s Blues CD (Included with the Dutch Edition)
- Boom's Blues
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