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Blues
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Blues Expressiveness and the Blues Ethos
Blues Expressiveness and the Blues Ethos

In classroom settings, I begin my survey of the blues literary tradition with a sequence entitled “Origins, Definitions, and Myths,” offering students not just my own take on the blues, but relevant writings by Steven C. Tra…

From Juke Joints to Jazz Jams
From Juke Joints to Jazz Jams
The Political Economy of Female Club Owners

The history of jazz and blues is tied up with the spaces owned and curated by female proprietors. Early jazz making was supported by enterprising women who would host lawn parties at their residences in New Orleans. The blues develop…

Chuck BerryChuck Berry
Chuck Berry
The Double Helix Of Rock & Roll

An abridged version of an essay on Chuck Berry, published in Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader, adapted from a talk delivered at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2012. As Mr. Tate puts it, "…the Real Architect of Rock & Roll, the Mas…

Jimmy Rogers on Songwriting, Muddy Waters, and Chicago BluesJimmy Rogers on Songwriting, Muddy Waters, and Chicago Blues
Jimmy Rogers on Songwriting, Muddy Waters, and Chicago Blues

A previously unpublished interview with legendary guitarist Jimmy Rogers from August 28, 1996 where he talks with Jas Obrecht about a variety of subjects.An under-sung hero of the blues, Jimmy Rogers played an essential r…

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