Blues Music HistoryIn A NutshellSometime around 1890, the blues emerged as a distinct African-American art form, rooted in the southern U.S. and drawing on work songs and hollers, folk tradition, black spirituals, and the popular music of the time. Looking back from 1890, one can speculate about the African influence in the musical structure of the blues as it grew from slave culture and the memory of slavery. Looking forward from 1890, a time of transition in America and of dashed hopes for blacks in the resurgent Jim Crow South, one can see the blues as a powerful force both shaping and shaped by the evolution of American popular culture (from the "race records" craze of the 1920s through the blues-fueled rock revolution of the postwar years) and the history of black and white race relations in the century ahead.Why Should I Care?"The blues ain't nothing but a good man feelin' bad." That's what Leon Redbone said, anyway, and who can't relate to that?Another clever bluesman once said that the blues is what the blues doctor prescribes for people
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The White Stripes, Blues Music History, distinct African-American art, resurgent Jim Crow