Deep Blues: Human Soundscapes for the Archetypal Journey

I recently signed a contract with Fisher King Press to publish a book titled "Deep Blues: Human Soundscapes for the Archetypal Journey." The book is a psychological interpretation of blues music utilizing ideas from Analytical Psychology and Psychoanalysis. Estimated shipping date is Sept. 1st, 2011. It will be available through Fisher King (, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.


Deep Blues explores the archetypal journey of the human psyche through an examination of the blues as a musical genre. The genesis, history, and thematic patterns of the blues are examined from an archetypal perspective and various analytic theories.  Mythological and shamanistic parallels are used to provide a deeper understanding of the role of the bluesman, the blues performance, and the innate healing potential of the blues.  Universal aspects of human experience and transcendence are revealed through the creative medium of the blues. The atmosphere of Deep Blues is enhanced by the black and white photographs of Tom Smith which capture striking blues performances in the Maxwell Street section of Chicago.  Jungian analysts, therapists and psychoanalytic practitioners with an interest in the interaction between creative expression and human experience should find Deep Blues satisfying.  Deep Blues should also appeal to enthusiasts of music, ethnomusicology, and the blues. 


About the Author

Mark Winborn, PhD, NCPsyA is a Jungian Psychoanalyst and Clinical Psychologist.  He is a training and supervising analyst of the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts and is also affiliated with the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and the International Association for Analytical Psychology.  Dr. Winborn maintains a private practice in Memphis, Tennessee where he is also currently the Training Coordinator for the Memphis Jungian Seminar – a training seminar of the IRSJA. 

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Comment by Mark Winborn on May 4, 2011 at 8:02pm

Thanks Jeff.  Good to know you're on the Depth Alliance as well. 





Comment by Jeffrey Kiehl on May 4, 2011 at 7:46pm

Great to hear you are publishing your book on the Blues. I look forward to reading it.

All the Best,

Comment by Mark Winborn on May 4, 2011 at 2:06pm

Thanks Judie.  I appreciate your interest and hope you enjoy the book.  Maybe you'll post an image of your sculpture here when you've finished.  The publisher says I should be getting the galley proofs in about a week so we may see it out before Sept. 1.

Best Wishes, Mark.

Comment by Judith Harte,Ph.D. on May 3, 2011 at 9:21pm
Hello Mark, I'm quite interested in your book and intend to order. I'm a Jungian oriented psychptherapist and archetypal astrologer in West Los Angeles. I have a long-standing musical interest in the blues, especially blue jazz standards.  I've been very interested in Hillman's work on the alchemical idea of black into blue and have recently begun a self-portrait sculpture entitled Blue Woman Longing.  So you see why I'm anxious to read about your take on psyche's blues! Regards, Judie

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