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Unformatted text preview: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and the Blues Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Birth Place of Blues • Evidence that it began in in late 19th century to early 20th century • Developed in the American South • The exact location in unknown – many musicians were playing variations of similar music throughout the south Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Definition • Music is based around a musical progression • Most common is a 12-bar blues, where the same three chords are used in a 12-bar-long repeating pattern. • Also variations like the 16-bar blues Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Development • Originated from the hardships that many African Americans endured during slavery and pre-Civil War America • It worked as a natural outlet for the hard times • Work shouts or call-and-response in the work place • Became a vocal narrative to help African Americans in daily life Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Blues Music • Dominated by African American singers • The style is characteriz...
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course ENGLISH 131 taught by Professor Peggyo'brien during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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