History of the Blues Essay

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In one way shape or form Blues music has influenced almost every music artist and their work. Jazz and Blues gave way to such artists as Elvis Presley and Chuck Barry. The history and origins of Blues traces back many generations. Many articles have been written over the years helping readers better understand the history and importance of Blues music. All the articles have a similar attitude toward The Blues. Each article makes Blues Music's social and musical importance and impact blaringly obvious.

Summary: Articles pertaining to the history and importance of The Blues.

Cavender, Jason. "Civil War Music." Reference Guide to Literature and Arts, 2nd Edition. 20 March 2003. Pages 31-38.

This article deals with the
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This song shows the violence and injustice that was ever present during the early 1900's. This injustice is where the blues originated.

Davis, Angela. "Back to the Roots." Time.

Vol.151, Issue 22, 06 August 1998, Page 169.

This article deals with the first women in the history of blues. It talks about how men were the first people to sing the blues, but women were the first to record and sell blues music. Women like Gertrude ("Ma") Rainey and Mamie Smith are known as the mother's of blues music. They are known as such because of the fact that they helped expose the blues to thousands upon thousands of people who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to here such songs. The article then goes on to discuss Bessie Smith and how she revolutionized Blues music. She sold over 750,000 copies of her first record. She was crowned `Empress of Blues.'

Blagg, Christopher. "Exploring the Blues." Christian Science Monitor. Boston Mass. 12 February 2004. Page 13.

This article gives a brief history of early American Blues. The author, Christopher Blagg, focuses on the mysterious legendary blues artist Robert Johnson. Johnson is believed to have sold his soul at "the crossroads," allowing him to play anything he wished on the guitar. Blagg discusses the power and effect that Johnson and blues music has had on countless music artists. The article goes on to state that part of blues music's…