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Ragtime books

Ragtime Books           Compiled by David Reffkin


1950        They All Played Ragtime

Rudi Blesh/Harriet Janis

Oak Publications (Ed. 3, 4)


1973        Recorded Ragtime 1897-1958

David Jasen

Archon Books


The Art of Ragtime

William Schafer/Johannes Riedel

Louisiana State University Press


1975        Scott Joplin and the Ragtime Era

Peter Gammond

Sphere Books


1976        Scott Joplin and the Ragtime Years

Mark Evans

Dodd, Mead and Company


This Is Ragtime

Terry Waldo

Hawthorn Books

Jazz at Lincoln Center (2010)


1978        Rags and Ragtime

David Jasen/Trebor Tichenor

The Seabury Press


Scott Joplin: The Man Who Made Ragtime

James Haskins

Stein and Day


1979        Eubie Blake

Al Rose

Schirmer Books


1980        Ragtime: A Musical and Cultural History

Edward Berlin

University of California Press


1985        Ragtime: It’s History, Composers, and Music

John Hasse

Schirmer Books


German Ragtime/Prehistory of Jazz

Rainer Lotz

Storyville Publication


1987        Reflections and Research on Ragtime

Edward Berlin

Institute for Studies in American Music


Raggin’: A Story About Scott Joplin

Barbara Mitchell

Carolrhoda Books


1988        Scott Joplin: Composer

Kaherine Preston

Chelsea House Publishers


1992        The Book of Hungarian Jazz

Géza Gábor Simon

Hotelinfo Ltd


The Music of James Scott

Scott DeVeau/William Howland Kenney

Smithsonian Institution


1993        The Music of Charles Johnson

Philip Stewart



1994        King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era

Edward Berlin

Oxford University Press (2016 pending)


Dancing to a Black Man’s Tune: A Life of Scott Joplin

Susan Curtis

University of Missouri Press


1995        A Life in Ragtime

Reid Badger

Oxford University Press


Scott Joplin: A Life in Ragtime

Steven Otfinoski

Grolier Publishing


Tantalizing Tingles

Ross Laird

Greenwood Press


Tom Turpin: His Life and Music

Gene Jones

Tom Turpin Ragtime Festival


1996        Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime

Timothy Frew



1998        Scott Joplin: A Guide to Research

Nancy Ping-Robbins

Garland Publishing


Blind Boone: Missouri’s Ragtime Pioneer

Jack Batterson

University of Missouri Press


2000       That American Rag: The Story of Ragtime from Coast to Coast

David Jasen/Gene Jones

Schirmer Books


2002       Black Bottom Stomp: Eight Masters of Ragtime and Early Jazz

David Jasen/Gene Jones



2003       Cakewalks, Rags and Novelties: The Int. Ragtime Discography

Allan Sutton (Foreword by David Reffkin)

Mainspring Press


2004       Blind Boone: Piano Prodigy

Madge Harrah

Carolrhoda Books


Scott Joplin: King of Ragtime

Yvonne Cloutier



2005       Ragging It: Getting Ragtime Into History (and some history into ragtime)

  1. Loring White



2007       Ragtime: An Encylopedia, Discography and Sheetography

David Jasen



2009       Scott Joplin and the Age of Ragtime

Ray Argyle



2012      Joseph F. Lamb: A Passion for Ragtime

Carol Binkowski



2016      Brun Campbell: The Original Ragtime Kid

Larry Karp



Off-the-wall books on ragtime: the marginal and the spurious


1972        After the Ball

Ian Whitcomb

Penguin Books


1976        The Ragtime Era

Clement Haney

Tower Publications


1986        A Guest of Honor

Nathan Young

Warren Green


1987        Irving Berlin and Ragtime America

Ian Whitcomb

Century Hutchinson


1992        From Cakewalks to Concert Halls

Thomas Morgan/William Barlow

Elliott and Clark


1993        When Ragtime was Young and Grandma Did the Cooking

Elsa Altshool

Trafford Publishing


1998        Spreadin’ Rhythm Around: Black Popular Songwriters, 1880-


David Jasen/Gene Jones

Schirmer Books


1998, 1999, 2002

The Ragtime Ephemeralist

Chris Ware

Acme Novelty Company




1999        The Road to Ragtime

Max Morath/Diane Fay Skomars

The Donning Company


2005       Joplin’s Ghost

Tananarive Due

Atria Books


2006, 2008, 2010

The Ragtime Kid, The King of Ragtime, The Ragtime Fool

Larry Karp

Poisoned Pen Press


2007     Ragged But Right

Lynn Abbott/Doug Seroff

University Press of Mississippi

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