Week 3 Notes - Week 3 Notes Jan. 22 Recording Industry

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Week 3 Notes Jan. 22 Recording Industry http://staff.washington.edu/amember/industry.pdf Jan. 23 Early Jazz http://staff.washington.edu/amember/early%20jazz.pdf Jan 24. Rural Blues -A feeling, a form, and much more -A dynamic, flexible framework for publicly recounting aspects of the African American experience -Also known as "country," "down-home," or "folk" blues -predominantly an oral tradition, descendant of griot tradition in W. Africa -performed by amateurs and professional traveling musicians -country juke joints, bars, Saturday night dances -Originated in the Mississippi Delta (early 1900s) -two hundred mile stretch of land along the Mississippi river -major site of cotton farming in the South -home to one of the largest populations of slaves in North America before Emancipation Proclamation -Many ex-slaves stayed on as tenant farmers and sharecroppers after Civil War -conditions weren't much better -Early Influences -"Jump-ups" -songs based on short repeated phrases and often used as accompaniment for dancing -African American story-songs -"John Henry" -Work songs -rhythmic songs used to accompany and coordinate agricultural labor -Ex. "Rosie" (workers from Mississippi State Penitentiary) Excerpt from My Bondage and My Freedom by Frederick Douglass: Slaves are generally expected to sing as well as to work. A silent slave is not liked by masters or overseers. "Make a noise," "make a noise" and "bear a hand," are the words constantly addressed to the slaves when there is silence amongst them. This may
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Week 3 Notes - Week 3 Notes Jan. 22 Recording Industry

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