Demythologizing The Blues.
Blues reseacher and scholar David Evans breaks it down. Country blues as a living tradition tied to a rural black culture - there is something of that culture left - I think it's essentially over.
--that's from this interview
with David Evans--scroll past the autobiographical details for the meat and potatos. Paul Garon, of Race Traitor
and Living Blues
, has strong feelings about White Blues
. Similarly, black writer Jesse Douglas Allen-Taylor feels a chill amidst a white blues audience and asks
Whose Blues Are They?
Also, n a related and timely topic, here's Elvis Presley and the Impulse Towards Transculturation
. (Hint: Elvis didn't sound black. Well, duh...)
Originally in the NYT--no password needed now
!--The Blues Dying In The Land Where It Was Born
, and as a bonus, the New Yorker profile on an outfit I love to loathe, Fat Possum
. Is is this guy's
And if you want to make the pilgrimage, let Junior's Juke Joint
be your guide! (don't forget to make that unannounced drop in on raysmj!) Added bonus: R. Crumb's Charley Patton
posted by y2karl
on Aug 22, 2002 -