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The History of the Blues

This is a brief history of Blues music.
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david szabo

on 28 November 2012

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Transcript of The History of the Blues

The History of the Blues The Birth of the Blues Call and Response form

Field hollers and work songs
on Southern plantations.
(late 1800s) Delta Blues Place: Northwest section of the U.S. state of Mississippi (and not the actual delta of the river!)
Time: From the the turn of the 20th century. First recordings from the 20s.
Style: emphasis on rhythm and "bottleneck" slide. Chicago Blues Great Migration after the war,
amplified guitars and harmonica,
huge financial success Pre-war city blues Classic urban and vaudeville singers
Bessi Smith, Ma Rainey ... Blues in Rock The age of guitar heroes Roots and origins (Africa) Big Band Blues
Count Basie, Glenn Miller, Bennie Moten ... Boogie Woogie Robert Johnson Lead Belly Slide guitar technique Willie Dixon Sonny Boy Williamson II, Muddy Waters "All star" John Lee Hooker
(very unique style) Ry Cooder Gary Moore Jimi Hendrix <- The origin of the name:
Indigo (mystical associations) Howlin Wolf R.L. Burnside Belton Sutherland Field Holler (Belton Sutherland) Prison song Prison Work Song from
"The Piano Lesson" Call and response (jazz demonstration)
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