Reading and Writing About Music

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Reading and Writing About Music

Reading and Writing About Music

Reading and Writing About Music
I have always enjoyed reading about music. In this section I will include the written view of music by musicians, critics and fans and then see how that reflects and influences music.

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I have seen the future and the past of Rock ‘n Roll.

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Where Were You When Elvis Died? by Lester Bangs

Where were you when Elvis died? What were you doing and what did it give you an excuse to do with the rest of your day? That’s what we’ll be talking about in the future when we remember this grand occasion. Like Pearl Harbor or JFK’s assassination, it boiled down to individual reminiscences, which is perhaps as it should be, because in spite of his greatness, etc., etc., Elvis had left us each alone as he was; I mean, he wasn’t exactly a Man of the People anymore, if you get my drift. If you don’t I will drift even further, away from Elvis into contemplation of why all our public heroes seem to reinforce our own solitude.
Read Where Were You When Elvis Died? by Lester Bangs and more………

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The Origins Of Mississippi Delta Blues

The Origins of the Mississippi Delta Blues
The Origins of the Mississippi Delta Blues
The origins of the blues in the Mississippi Delta are as deep, wide, and muddy as the river that gives the area its name. These origins are the culmination of hundreds of years of slavery, pain, prosperity, and revolution, and dealing with many races and creeds. The palate for this subject is so broad that all the information cannot be addressed in a small paper such as this one. This work covers the years 1890 to 1930, is the most
exemplary and explosive time for the birth of the Mississippi Delta Blues. The regional focus will be on the area known as the Mississippi Delta, both colloquially and analytically. This does not include the entire Mississippi Delta Basin, but only a few hundred square miles of the alluvial plain. The main counties to be looked at will be Coahoma and Sunflower, with a peripheral use of Washington, Bolivar, Humphreys, and Yazoo counties. The origins of the blues in the Mississippi Delta can be studied in a scholarly fashion by examining the historical and socio-economic conditions of the area, musical and lyrical influences of the early Delta Blues, the genesis of the Delta Blues, and the Age of the Delta Bluesman. In looking at the topic in this way, one can come to a better understanding of the many stimuli that brought about this distinct style of music.
 Listen to The Origins of the Mississippi Delta Blues and more……..
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