Last Name 1 Student’s Name: Instructor’s Name: Course: Date: History of Blues Question #1 According to Elijah, blues was a new style of popular music rather than a new way of expressing new art or folk song. His arguments were founded on various issues that were facing the society at the time. First, the originality of the genre was diverse from several groups in different parts of the world. He believed that the black community wanted to fit into the dominant white music culture and had to mash up their approach for a bigger audience in the industry. The other issue was the management of musical works that were controlled majorly by white production houses. The outcome meant that a given producer greatly influenced the type of genre a given music was intended to undertake as a career. Lastly, most of the themes that were at the time propagated by artists faced a particular group of members in the society and not the whole society. Such explanation can be seen in the song of Hendrix ,‘Wild Things’ that saw a new touch in style (Sanjek & Steve, 168-171). The mixture of a taste of music supported by the society at the time made the new theme more elaborate as a new style of music as opposed to other scholars who believe that blues was a black American society way of expressing their grieves.The other contradicting aspect recognized by Elijah is seen in his explanation of the different themes used by musicians in the community. He elaborates that politics, love, sexuality, poverty, visions and praises formed most of the topics in the style at the time. A song with such an approach was ‘Crossroads’ that Cream performed differently to his audience upon learning the
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