Almost small enough to fit into a hip pocket, this is a kind of guidebook to the blues, featuring quotations from blues songs, mini-biographies of bluesmen and blueswomen, and illustrations by R. Crumb. The quotes (on topics ranging from “Getting the Blues” to “The Thrill is Gone”) are little gems, pithy aphorisms like this one from Rabbit Brown: “I done seen better days, but I’m putting up with these.” Author Brian Robertson, himself a musician, includes a bibliography and a list of Internet resources in this great little introduction to the blues and the men and women who made the music. A native Texan and full-time musician, Brian Robertson plays the blues in Austin. He has worked as a radio talk show host, a museum director, a busboy, and a phone crisis hotline counselor. He has contributed articles to a number of magazines, including Men’s Health and Austin Blues Monthly. His most recent CD release is Juke Joint Blues.