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Paul Hereford Oliver (born 25 May 1927 in Nottingham, England) is an architectural historian and writer on the Blues and other forms of African-American music.[1][2] His commentary and researches into blues have been widely influential.



Oliver was a researcher at the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (Department of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University), and from 1978-88 was Associate Head of the School of Architecture. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1999) and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Gloucestershire (2007). He has argued that vernacular architecture will be necessary in the future to "ensure sustainability in both cultural and economic terms beyond the short term." He is well known for his 1997 work Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Spanning 3 volumes and 2500 pages, it includes contributions from researchers from 80 countries. As of 2005, he was at work on a book to be called the World Atlas of Vernacular Architecture.

He is also a leading authority on the blues. His studies of American traditional music did much to spread interest in the blues and included early research into the influence of Islamic music from North Africa on the its origins. His work, which began in the 1950s, includes interviews, field work and research in recording and printed sources tracing the origin and development of African American music and culture from the time of slavery and before.

Paul Oliver's Collection of African American Music and Related Traditions was established in 2007 with the support of the European Blues Association at the University of Gloucestershire.



Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James were already seeming "old", but their dynamism, their fierce shouting... expressed the swelling anger of the younger blacks.

Paul Oliver[3 ]

  • "Solutions to the world housing's demand will only be met ... through the support, enhancement and adequate servicing of vernacular architecture."


Some of his architectural writings:

  • Oliver, Paul (1969). Shelter and society. London.  
  • Oliver, Paul (1981). Dunroamin : the suburban semi and its enemies. Barrie & Jenkins, London.  
  • Oliver, Paul (1987). Dwellings : the house across the world. Phaidon, Oxford. ISBN 0-7148-2443-7.  
  • Oliver, Paul, ed (1997). Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-56422-0.  
  • Oliver, Paul (2006). Built to Meet Needs : Cultural Issues in Vernacular Architecture. Elsevier. ISBN 0-7506-6657-9.  

Blues books:

  • Oliver, Paul (1959). Bessie Smith. Cassell, London.  
  • Oliver, Paul (1960). Blues fell this morning : the meaning of the blues. Cassell, London. ISBN 3-85445-065-6.  
  • Oliver, Paul (1965). Conversation with the blues. Cassell, London. ISBN 3-85445-065-6.  
  • Oliver, Paul (1968). Screening the blues : aspects of the blues tradition. Cassell, London. ISBN 0-304-93137-3.  
  • Oliver, Paul (1969). The story of the blues. Barrie & Jenkins, London. ISBN 3-85445-092-3.  
  • Oliver, Paul (1970). Savannah syncopators : African retentions in the blues. Studio Vista. ISBN 0-289-79828-0.  
  • Oliver, Paul (1984). Songsters and saints : vocal traditions on race records. Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge. ISBN 0-521-24827-2.  
  • Oliver, Paul (1984). Blues off the record : thirty years of blues commentary. Baton Press, Tunbridge Wells. ISBN 0-306-80321-6.  
  • Oliver, Paul (2006). Broadcasting the Blues : Black Blues in the Segregation Era. Routledge, New York & Abingdon. ISBN 0-415-97177-2.  


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  3. ^ Du Noyer, Paul (2003). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (1st ed.). Fulham, London: Flame Tree Publishing. pp. 167. ISBN 1-904041-96-5.  

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