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Whose Blues?: Facing Up to Race and the Future of the Music

Adam Gussow

Abstract

Whose Blues is about the way in which we define, interpret, and make sense of the blues in a postmodern moment more than a century removed from the music's origins in the Deep South. If "Blues is black music," as some contemporary claimants insist, what should we make of the International Blues Challenge held annually in Memphis, with its all-comers mix of nationalities and ethnicities? If there's "No black. No white. Just the blues," as another familiar meme would have us believe, why do some Chicago blues people hear that proclamation not as a call to transracial fellowship, but as an aggres ... More

Keywords: Black Arts Movement, Blues, W. C. Handy, Harmonica, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Mississippi, Black music, South

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469660363
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660363.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Adam Gussow, author
University of Mississippi