Just a quick word. Dane's book THE LONG AND THE SHORT OF IT does deal with the blues--I've just been looking it over! Though given the sub-title, I doubt he'll mention Whitman: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO EUROPEAN VERSIFICATION SYSTEMS. On the other hand, the Blues are American.
Can one really talk music without the gorilla in the middle of this hemisphere's living room banging on his drum? In any case, I look forward to the read, despite the Turco-ese introductory posings: "Boy, aren't you guys lucky I came along." (Big boat, I know.)