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The First Century of Blues: One Hundred Years of Hearing and Interpreting the Music and the Musicians

The First Century of Blues: One Hundred Years of Hearing and Interpreting the Music and the... essay ...................... The First Century of Blues One Hundred Years of Hearing and Interpreting the Music and the Musicians by R. A. Lawson Bessie Smith (here), Blind Lemon Jefferson, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and a host of other musicians -- some famous, some anonymous -- inherited and recreated blues music throughout the twentieth century. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, courtesy of the Collections of the Library of Congress. ust over one hundred years ago, classically trained African American musician and composer W. C. Handy accepted the directorship of a Knights of Pythias band in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The Knights -- a fraternal organization founded during the Civil War to promote goodwill in the bitterly divided country -- had convinced the Alabama native to return south after a stint as a music director in the Midwest. One night in 190, while napping on a bench at the train depot in the Mississippi Delta hamlet of Tutwiler, Handy awoke to the sound of strange music. Looking around the platform, he saw a man playing a guitar and singing. The sad-looking guitarist used a knife to slide across the instrument's strings and repeated his lyrics several times in each http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

The First Century of Blues: One Hundred Years of Hearing and Interpreting the Music and the Musicians

Southern Cultures , Volume 13 (3) – Sep 17, 2007

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essay ...................... The First Century of Blues One Hundred Years of Hearing and Interpreting the Music and the Musicians by R. A. Lawson Bessie Smith (here), Blind Lemon Jefferson, Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and a host of other musicians -- some famous, some anonymous -- inherited and recreated blues music throughout the twentieth century. Photograph by Carl Van Vechten, courtesy of the Collections of the Library of Congress. ust over one hundred years ago, classically trained African American musician and composer W. C. Handy accepted the directorship of a Knights of Pythias band in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The Knights -- a fraternal organization founded during the Civil War to promote goodwill in the bitterly divided country -- had convinced the Alabama native to return south after a stint as a music director in the Midwest. One night in 190, while napping on a bench at the train depot in the Mississippi Delta hamlet of Tutwiler, Handy awoke to the sound of strange music. Looking around the platform, he saw a man playing a guitar and singing. The sad-looking guitarist used a knife to slide across the instrument's strings and repeated his lyrics several times in each

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Southern CulturesUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Sep 17, 2007

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