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The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People by Francis Davis 

The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People by Francis Davis

 

 
 
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Slide 1: The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People by Francis Davis Revisionist, Controversial, And And Eye Opener Francis Daviss The History of the Blues is a groundbreaking rethinking of the blues that fearlessly examines how race relations have altered perceptions of the music. Tracing its origins from the Mississippi Delta to its amplification in Chicago right after World War II, Davis argues for an examination of the blues in its own right, not just as a precursor to jazz and rock n roll. The lives of major figures such as Robert Johnson, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly, in addition to contemporary artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray, are examined and skillfully woven into a riveting, provocative narrative. Personal Review: The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People by Francis Davis The current consensus regarding the development of the popular music of the last 100 years is almost obsessively concerned with defending a sort of
Slide 2: organic, evolutionary view, focused on African and African-American roots. The challenge that Davis' history presents, and provokes such strong reactions against, is that there's more involved than roots, evolution, white transformation, and revival. In fact, Davis takes nothing away from the worth or significance of Black Artists or music! Both are enormously important in American popular music history, whether you take an artist-centered view of history or critically examine elements of the music itself. What he does is point out is that there's a thread of shared music and musical development in American history and culture, and that the entertainment and recording industry intentionally steered the direction of the Blues as a popular genre along follow-the-money lines (as if that should be a surprise). He argues for Artists - mostly, but far from exclusively Black - purposefully developing Blues in response to popular music tastes of the times, moreoever in cooperation with the industry. He argues for the Blues as a true popular, commercial music genre, where the mainline music historians would box it in as roots music originally (and primarily) and a dead-ended (if revived) precursor to jazz, R&B, and Rock. Personally, I find Davis' view far more respectful of the talents, aspirations, and business acumen of early 20th century Black artists, as well as more respectful of current Blues artists who know the Blues are a living, breathing genre. I'm not convinced of everything Davis has to say, but I am firmly convinced on the basis of this book that the Blues reflects a much larger slice of American culture and commerce than is usually credited. If people would pay more attention to what Davis adds to Blues history than what they incorrectly think he's taking away, we would all be better off. Musical scholarship certainly would be. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: The History Of The Blues: The Roots, The Music, The People by Francis Davis 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!

   
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