Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Here's a really interesting article from Mother Jones magazine. Who's got the blues? 2003 is the "Year of the Blues." But as a music born of oppression becomes a feel-good soundtrack for white America, just what are we celebrating? by David Hajdu. Hopefully you'll be able to access it here. Here's an excerpt:

It is a question well worth asking these days--Whose music is the blues?--and it leads to others. Is traditional blues still an important part of African-American life, or has the music, like so many black creations, been co-opted by white America and corrupted in the process? How did the blues, a serious form of expression rooted in the hard life of a marginalized people, become a good-time music for moneyed tourists? What's left of the strange and unique power of the blues? Does the music have a future, or is it frozen in an idealized and commodified past?

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