Blue Chicago is one of the better books on music I have read in recent years. It is well written, humorous, engaging and thought provoking. Part of what makes it good reading is the difficulty of the subject. Authenticity is a fascinating concept and has wide application — one only need attend an ethnomusicology conference to see how many scholars tackle it. It is good to see someone address the problematic head-on in a discussion rooted in musical production.
Wheeler, J. S. (2006) Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs, by David Grazian. In: Popular Music, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 331-332. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/41467/.