Author Archives: Brian C. Kaufman

About Brian C. Kaufman

Author, educator, cook. Given a tilt of fate, that might have been lead guitarist, pro wrestler, radio evangelist. You never know.

Paul Simon and Cultural Appropriation

Sins in Blue is my novel about an old, Depression-era bluesman. The story explores themes involving the problem of cultural appropriation—the inappropriate adoption of customs or ideas of one people by members of a more dominant people. The 1987 Grammy … Continue reading

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The Music Art of Wade Dillon

Selling a novel in a glutted market is a tough proposition. One important part of my marketing plan for Sins in Blue involved a series of blog posts. Rather than bludgeon people with a hard sell, I thought I’d write … Continue reading

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TARIFFS, TOYOTA TRUCKS, AND BILLIE HOLIDAY

Singer Billie Holiday was a known drug user. Harry Anslinger, commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, was a known racist. Anslinger believed that drugs caused black artists to “step out of line.” One song of Billie’s particularly offended him … Continue reading

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The Real Willie Johnson

The story goes that Willie’s stepmother was sleeping around. Willie’s father caught her with another man and beat her. Seven-year-old Willie Johnson became collateral damage—his stepmother splashed Willie in the eyes with lye water, blinding him for life. Another story … Continue reading

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Discovering the Blues with Sonny Terry

I used to haunt a little record store across from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Back in the day, I’d sift through stacks of vinyl, looking for something good. One afternoon, I found a four-song EP by bluesman … Continue reading

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Available for Pre-Order

Dread Tribunal of Last Resort (Five Star/Cengage) is now available for pre-order at both Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble. Decker Brown is a proud young Virginian, educated in Boston, with plans to manufacture illuminations (fireworks) and raise a family. He … Continue reading

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Available for Pre-order

Sins in Blue is available for pre-order at Amazon.com. A young man on a mission. An aging musician with a dream. Society perched over a racial divide. It’s the 1960s, and nothing reflects the cultural revolution more than music. When Kennedy … Continue reading

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Coming in 2020

For those of you who follow my writing, 2020 will be an interesting year. Two new books are coming from two different publishing houses. First up is Sins in Blue (May 2020, Black Rose Writing). Young Kennedy Barnes pins his … Continue reading

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Coming This Spring: Sins in Blue

I’m pleased to preview the cover for Sins in Blue, a historical novel about a Depression-era blues guitarist. The book will be available in both hardback and softback editions from Black Rose Writing. Here’s some back cover text to give you … Continue reading

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My Parents, the Enablers

Tracing the roots of my love affair with books, I come back to my mother and father. Let me tell you about some of their tricks. Those of you with children have surely had this shopping experience: “Mom, will you … Continue reading

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