This annotated discography covers the first 50 years of audio recordings by black artists in chronological order, music made
in the ""acoustic era"" of recording technology. The book has cross-referenced bibliographical information on recording sessions,
including audio sources for extant material, and appendices on field recordings; Caribbean, Mexican and South American recordings;
piano rolls performed by black artists; and a filmography detailing the visual record of black performing artists from the
period. Indexes contain all featured artists, titles recorded and labels.