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Origin Of Blues Essay Examples

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A Brief History of the Blues and Its Social Implications in the United States
A Brief History of the Blues Joseph Machlis says that the blues is a native American musical and verse form, with no direct European and African antecedents of which we know. (p. 578) In other words, it is a blending of both traditions. Something special and entirely different from either of its parent traditions. (Alt...
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A Biography of the Life and Times of William Christopher Handy
William Christopher Handy Handy was an American black composer and compiler of "BLUES" music. He was born in Florence, Alabama. He was educated at the Negro Agricultural and Mechanical College near Huntsville, Alabama. He was the son of former slaves. He was educated in the public schools and by his fathe...
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A History of Blues Music's Discovery and Its Innovations Through Time
Sarah Anne Stevenson Dave Stockum English Language and Comprehension 20 November 1999 Blues Music and its influence on integration From years 1505 to 1870, the world underwent the largest forced migration in history: West Africa was soon to be convulsed by the arrival of Europeans and become the advent of the transat...
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How the American Troops Brought the Blues Home Following the First World War
Some 'bluesologists' claim (rather dubiously), that the first blues song that was ever written down was 'Dallas Blues,' published in 1912 by Hart Wand, a white violinist from Oklahoma City. (Tanner 40) The blues form was first popularized about 1911-14 by the black composer W.C. Handy (1873-1958). However, the poetic and mu...
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A Comparison of Country Blues and City Blues
Country Blues vs. City Blues Blues is a musical form that emerged as early as the 1870's and stemmed from the hardships the African slaves encountered in the New World. At this time, the blues were largely universal in their lyrics, melodies, and phrasing, leaving very few stylistic differences between one blues artist and...
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The Concepts of the Blues in Relation to the Idea of Depression Since the Elizabethan Era
Concepts of the Blues Most of what we hear today, in essence, probably developed from the blues. The word "blue" has been associated with the idea of melancholia or depression since the Elizabethan era. To have the blues meant that you had a depressed mood or felt things that weren't going your way. The American...
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A Paper on Slavery from Year 1505 to 1870
Da Bluez From years 1505 to 1870, the world underwent the largest forced migration in history. West Africa was soon to be convulsed by the arrival of Europeans and become the advent of the transatlantic slave trade. Ships from Europe, bound for America, appeared on the horizon, and their captains and sailors-carrying musk...
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Empress of the Blues: Life and Works of Bessie Smith
When it comes to influential people in the 1920's, Bessie Smith not only takes a slice of the cake, but her face is plastered into the frosting. She had an exciting life, which transported her into singing the blues. Before she was known as the "Empress of the Blues", her life began when she was born an African A...
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An Analysis of "Sonny's Blues"
Sonnys Blues By James Baldwin Sonnys Blues the author is presenting the past from the perspective of the present in order to understand his own feelings concerning the role of a father. The two brothers in the story had different life choices. Both Sonny and the narrator have found their own mode of escaping the violence an...
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A Biography of Bessie Smith, One of the Greatest Blues Singers
Bessie Smith, the greatest and most influential classic blues singer of the 1920s was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her date of birth is uncertain and is variously given as April 15, 1894-6, 1898, and 1900. The first major blues and jazz singer on record and one of the most powerful of all time, Bessie Smith rightly earne...
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A Description of Joseph Machlis Saying That the Blues is a Native American Musical and Verse Form
Joseph Machlis says that the blues is a native American musical and verse form, with no direct European and African antecedents of which we know. (p. 578) In other words, it is a blending of both traditions. Something special and entirely different from either of its parent traditions. (Although Alan Lomax cites some exampl...
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An Introduction to the History and Analysis of Blues
E-mail: [email protected] Blues as an art form gave Blacks a medium to manifest their feelings. Feelings ranging from humorous to silly to depressed. Fortunately for a entire genre of music, the only way for Mckinley Morganfield to express himself was through song. Morganfield better known as became a legendary bl...
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An Analysis of Handy an American Black Composer and Compiler of "BLUES" Music
Handy was an American black composer and compiler of "BLUES" music. He
was born in Florence, Alabama. He was educated at the Negro Agricultural and
Mechanical College near Huntsville, Alabama. He was the son of former slaves.
He was educated in the public schools and by his father and paternal grandfather,
both o...
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An Introduction to the History and Analysis of Blues
If you were choose a genre of music that had the largest effect on the western world, that would most definatly have to be the blues. In this essay I shall asses firstly where the blues came from and secondly the influence of the blues on not only modern day popular music but also the modern world in general. The Blues st...
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An Essay on the History of the Blues
Blues is a very important type of music. Most music that you hear today has some form of blues in it. If it wasn t for the blues there wouldn t be any rock and roll, country, rap, pop, or jazz . Blues is also important for African American culture. African Americans were also the people who started the blues. The Blues st...
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The Existence of Sociology in the Blues Brothers
Sociology in The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers is a movie with hilarious comedy and nonstop action. The two main characters are Jake and Elwood Blues. These brothers have consistently been in trouble with the law but find themselves searching for redemption. The quest begins when the Blues brothers set out to find and...
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A Comparison of the Presentation of Blues in Cabaret and Memphis Blues
Stephen E. Henderson If the poet presents the blues through indirection in "Cabaret," in "Memphis Blues" he presents them through the matrix of the oral tradition which helped to shape their growth. The poem partly draws upon the traditional notion of "preaching the blues" found in both mus...
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Langston Hughes: The Expression of the Spirit of Blues and Jazz
Langston Hughes was one of the first black men to express the spirit of blues and jazz into words. An African American Hughes became a well known poet, novelist, journalist, and playwright. Because his father emigrated to Mexico and his mother was often away, Hughes was brought up in Lawrence, Kansas, by his grandmo...
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A History of Langston Hughes an Outsider's Voice of the People
Langston Hughes: An Outsider's Voice of the People Langston Hughes is often considered a voice of the African-American people and a prime example of the magnificence of the Harlem Renaissance. His writing does embody these titles, but the concept of Langston Hughes that portrays a black man's rise to poetic greatness from...
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An Introduction to the History and the Origins of Blues Music
The Roots of Blues Music Blues is a very important type of music. Most music that you hear today has some form of blues in it. If it wasn't for the blues there wouldn't be any rock and roll, country, rap, pop, or jazz . Blues is also important for African American culture. African Americans were also the people who sta...
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A Biography of Bessie Smith, an American Blues Singer
Known as the “Empress Of Blues”, Bessie Smith was said to have revolutionized the vocal end of Blues Music. She showed a lot of pride as an independent African-American woman. Her style in performance and lyrics often reflected her lifestyle. Bessie Smith was one of the first female jazz artists, and she paved the way for m...
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The Inception and History of the Blues Industry
Muddy Waters Blues as an art form gave Blacks a medium to manifest their feelings. Feelings ranging from humorous to silly to depressed. Fortunately for a entire genre of music, the only way for Mckinley Morganfield to express himself was through song. Morganfield better known as Muddy Waters became a legendary blues vo...
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The Life of Robert Johnson and His Influence of Early Blues Artists
King of the Delta Blues Singers: Robert Johnson The life of Robert Johnson, one of the most influential early blues artists, in shrouded by vague details and encompassed in mystery. His emotion filled playing and singing blends to form some of the most moving, original blues music ever produced. Ironically, despite being...
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An Analysis of the Setting and the Theme of "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin
INTRODUCTION “ Sonny’s Blues “ starts off by not informing the reader much about the characters which will be presented in the story. However, the author does have an interesting way of beginning the story ,for after reading the first two opening lines : “ I read it in the paper, in the subway, on my way to work. I r...
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The Achievements and Contributions of the Greatest Rock and Roll Musicians
Great Rock Musicians: Their Achievements and Effect on Rock and Roll The blues are undeniably the roots of early rock and roll. Rock today has mutated so much that the basic blues patterns have been all but lost. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate the birth of, and evolution of rock and roll by focusing on th...
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