Blues in transition

Posted: January 24, 2013 in History, Larry Birnbaum, Miscellaneous, Post War Blues


Author: Larry Birnbaum

Source: Down Beat 48, no. 7 (Jul 1981): 20–23, 64–65


“To casual listeners, as well as many aficionados and even scholars, the blues has assumed an almost mystical aura. Timeless and eternal, the blues is thought to spring from some ancient reservoir of “pure” Afro-American culture. Diverted from this supposedly unpolluted source, it has been debased by unscrupulous promoters and popularizers, so that the “real” bluesman is scarcely able to make his music heard.”


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