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The Blues

Elijah Wald.

August 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Book. Subjects: Blues. 152 pages.

The Blues: A Very Short Introduction surveys a genre which lies at the heart of American culture. Blues is more of a broad musical tradition than a musical genre, with a constantly evolving...

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Blues and country music

in The Blues

August 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Blues. 4800 words.

‘Blues and country music’ examines the links between blues and country music. For many reasons, jazz was placed at the opposite end of the spectrum to country, but both intertwined with...

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Blues and jazz

in The Blues

August 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Blues. 4276 words.

‘Blues and jazz’ explores the connection between blues and jazz. Both blues and jazz have been closely intertwined since their inception — when jazz became nationally successful New Orleans...

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Introduction

in The Blues

August 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Blues. 1706 words.

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The language and poetry of the blues

in The Blues

August 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Blues. 4057 words.

‘The language and poetry of the blues’ explores the lyrical component of the blues. Modern scholars treat the blues primarily as a musical style, but early scholars also studied blues songs...

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Modern blues

in The Blues

August 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Blues. 9779 words.

‘Modern blues’ covers the history of blues from after World War II. The distinction between pre–and post–war blues could be demarcated by the use of electrification and amplification of...

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Prewar blues

in The Blues

August 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Blues. 7671 words.

‘Prewar blues’ charts the development of blues music up until 1939. Whilst record companies found ethnic records generally profitable, they assumed that African Americans liked white music....

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Roots of the blues

in The Blues

August 2010; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Blues. 2734 words.

‘The roots of the blues’ outlines the genesis of blues music. Blues music hit the mainstream in 1912, when W.C. Hardy's Memphis Blues caused a national craze. The roots of the blues can be...

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