Acquisitive and Exploitative

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Acquisitive and Exploitative- The question at hand is, what did Jeff Todd Titon mean when he wrote, “(Blues) when enacted for a White audience, it becomes chiefly a form of escape that is acquisitive and exploitative.’? First off, blues has always been an escape, for all the people that love it. Branford Marsalis, a Black Musician said it always made him happy when he heard the blues, and many Black Blues artists admit that Blues music mainly chased the ‘blues’ away. What then, does it mean to call it acquisitive and exploitative. The dictionary calls acquisitive: “ tending or seeking to acquire and own, often greedily; eager to get wealth, possessions, etc.” –and defines exploitative as both a positive and negative thing, a means of taking advantage of but also furthering. I have never heard anyone call Blues music White, and I have never heard a White man who wanted to claim Blues music as his own. It is an absolute borrowed thing, learned from the Black culture it came out of. I don’t know of any Blues musicians who are playing the Blue
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Unformatted text preview: solely for greed or wealth, and if they exist, they are a minority. Exploitative would be unfair term because true White Blues musicians never meant to take advantage of Blues music, just picked up where the Black culture had left it off. And if we are going to talk about furthering the music because of White influence, we should take an objective view and say it is no further, nor any less because of White people. Ragtime-Ken Burns’ documentary on Jazz calls ragtime a culmination of European classical music, and African rhythms and energy. Despite any precepts, both White and Black musicians played the music, and Black and White youths danced to it. It is mainly characterized by striking syncopation, never laid back, always right on top of the beat, off of the beat. It was fast and featured flashy fast piano players. The poster child of Ragtime music was the Creole who was trained in formal European music and yet segregated with Blacks by the Jim Crow laws....
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This essay was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course B/ST 155 taught by Professor Potter during the Fall '06 term at CSU Long Beach.

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