Books by John Szwed

  • Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth. NY: Viking; UK: William Heinemann, 2015
  • Alan Lomax: The Man Who Recorded the World. NY: Viking; UK: William Heinemann, 2011
  • Blues for New Orleans: Mardi Gras and America's Creole Soul (with Robert Farris Thompson, Nick Spitzer, and Roger Abrahams) Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006
  • Crossovers: Essays on Race, Music, and American Culture. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005
  • Doctor Jazz, a book included with Jelly Roll Morton: The Complete Library of Congress Recordings by Alan Lomax, an 8-CD box set from Rounder Records, 2005
  • Jazz: An American Story (principal author of the text for Jazz in the Schools, the American history curriculum for the National Endowment for the Arts/Jazz at Lincoln Center project, Jazz in the Schools, 2006)
  • So What: The Life of Miles Davis. NY: Simon & Schuster; UK: William Heinemann (print & Braille editions), 2002, Arrow Books, 2003; translations: Japan: Shinko Music, 2004; Korea: Eukyoo Printing, 2004; Hungary: Cartaphilus Kiado, forthcoming; Nanjing University Press, forthcoming
  • The Future of Jazz (with Greg Tate, et al.). Chicago: a capella, 2002
  • Jazz 101. NY: Hyperion, 2000. Other editions: Ashland, OR: Blackstone Audiobooks, 2003; translations: Tokyo: Sedosha Press, 2004; Jakarta: Gramedia, 2008; Torino: Fondazione Siena Jazz/EDT, Jazz! Una guida completa per ascoltare e amare la musica jazz, 2009.
  • Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra. New York: Pantheon, 1997; paperback edition, Da Capo, 1998; Edinburgh: Canongate Books, 1997 (chosen as a New York Public Library “Book to Remember, 1997”; Certificate of Merit, Association for Recorded Sound Collections) Japan: Kawade Shobo Shinsa, 2004
  • New Music America Journal ’89: On the Next Wave. Brooklyn: Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1989, editor [program for the 10th Anniversary of New Music America]
  • After Africa: Slave Culture in 17th, 18th, and 19th Century British West Indies (with Roger D. Abrahams) New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983
  • Afro-American Folk Culture: An Annotated Bibliography of Materials from North, Central and South America. (with Roger D. Abrahams) 2 vols. Philadelphia: American Folklore Society, Bibliographical and Special Series, and ISHI Publications, 1978
  • Discovering Afro-America. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1974 (with Roger D. Abrahams) (also published as a special issue of the Journal of Asian and African Studies, Vol. 9, Nos. 3-4, 1974)
  • Folksongs and Their Makers. (with Henry Glassie and Edward D. Ives) University Popular Press, Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green, 1970
  • Black America. New York: Basic Books, 1970
  • Afro-American Anthropology: Contemporary Perspectives. (with Norman E. Whitten, Jr.). New York: Free Press, 1970
  • Private Cultures and Public Imagery: Interpersonal Relations in a Newfoundland Peasant Society. Newfoundland Social and Economics Studies No. 2, St. John’s Newfoundland, 1966 (reprinted, 1974)