By Dick Weissman
Blues: the fundamentals deals a concise creation to a century of the blues. equipped chronologically, it specializes in the most important eras within the development and improvement of this renowned musical sort. fabric contains: a definition of the blues and the main genres inside of it key artists similar to Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson key recordings entire with timelines and proposals for extra research, this interesting evaluate is perfect for college students and listeners.
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Extra info for Blues: The Basics (Basics (Routledge Paperback))
She worked primarily in the south at theaters run by the TOBA, the Theater Owner Booking Association, a consortium of venues catering to black audiences, known less fondly as “Tough On Black Asses” by the many performers who worked these venues. Between 1923 and 1928, Rainey recorded 92 songs for Paramount Records. Of all the women who recorded extensively during the 1920s, Rainey’s work was, as her biographer Sandra Leib points out, the least influenced by commercial factors, and the closest to the folk blues tradition.
The blues had room for a wide range of emotions. R A G T I M E A N D E A R LY J A Z Z The beginnings of ragtime and jazz virtually paralleled the development of the blues form. In ragtime, unlike the blues, the piano was the main instrument. The early ragtime pianists were barroom players, who did not necessarily read music. Ingredients of ragtime began to appear in the pop songs of the 1890s. Known as “coon songs,” these songs enjoyed enormous success and, as one might expect, treated African Americans in a derogatory fashion.
This is all very well, except that when we start to look at the origins of the blues, and how they developed, we find a number of disconcerting things. First, the earlier folk blues did not always contain twelve bars. They might have eleven, or thirteen, sixteen, or even twelve-and-a-half bars. It is quite possible that the twelve-bar form developed when musicians started to play together, or when a singer was accompanied by a guitarist or pianist. As soon as two or more musicians play together, they need to have some agreement about the length of musical phrases in order to stay together.