Chess Records


Chess Records


Chess Records, founded in 1950, in Chicago, Illinois, the United States


Chicago, Illinois, United States



Company history website

Bibliography and scholarship

Cohodas, Nadine. Spinning Blues Into Gold: The Chess Brothers and the Legendary Chess Records. New York: St. Martin's Press, 2000.

Gordon, Robert. Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown and Company, 2002.

Simon, Julia. “Predatory Lending, Contract House Sales, and the Blues in Chicago: Eddie Boyd’s ‘Five Long Years’ and Muddy Waters’ ‘You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had.’” The Journal of American Culture 40, no. 2 (2017): 145–54.
Cohen, Rich. Machers and rockers: Chess records and the business of rock & roll. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. 2004.