The History of the Blues (American Mosaic: African-American Contributions Series)

The History of the Blues (American Mosaic: African-American Contributions Series)

by Sandy Asirvatham, Jennifer Peltak
     
 
Blues, a uniquely American form of music, has resonated worldwide since its humble beginnings in the early 1900s. The predecessor to rock and roll music as we know it today, the blues can trace its roots to traditions brought over by slaves from their African homes, as well as to the hardships the slaves were forced to endure. When the Civil War ended, freed slaves

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Blues, a uniquely American form of music, has resonated worldwide since its humble beginnings in the early 1900s. The predecessor to rock and roll music as we know it today, the blues can trace its roots to traditions brought over by slaves from their African homes, as well as to the hardships the slaves were forced to endure. When the Civil War ended, freed slaves traveled between plantations looking for work and playing the blues. Throughout the Mississippi Delta, blues legends like Robert Johnson plied their trade, accompanying themselves with only their guitars, while women like Bessie Smith enjoyed phenomenal national success with their vocal recordings. And when artists such as Muddy Waters went north to Chicago to electrify the music of the Delta, generating interest from white musicians such as Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones in England, it wouldn't be long before the whole world would soon know what it was like to sing the blues.

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Gr 5-8-Popular music finds a voice in these two offerings that hit just the right balance of historical facts and artists' opinions. Asirvatham takes the time to define emerging and developing styles while providing a chronological survey of historical influences. The first book presents both musical and social aspects of jazz development, beginning with its syncopated rhythms and improvisation. The author takes readers from the New Orleans sound through ragtime, the lilt of swing, and on into modal jazz and rock-jazz fusion. Blues emphasizes its origins and development in the American slavery experience. Readers follow style development through discussions of percussion artistry and work songs, the role of women, folk-instrument bands, gospel, R&B, Chicago "urban" blues, and use of the electric guitar. Both books are detailed and specific enough to attract not only report writers, but budding musicians and music lovers as well. Each volume details the contributions of a multitude of artists from each decade. Drawings and photographs of artists and historical settings illustrate the changes in performance style and important figures in musical development. Excellent additions.-Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791074909
Publisher:
Chelsea House Publishers
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
American Mosaic: African-American Contributions Series
Pages:
104
Product dimensions:
6.46(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.22(d)
Age Range:
11 - 17 Years

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