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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.
- Fall '06