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Music and Media in Chicago, week 2: the Blues

by: Jerakah Greene

Music and Media in Chicago, week 2: the Blues 48-1103

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These are the class notes from week 2, all about Chicago blues!
Music and Media in Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
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Music History, Blues, Chicago
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Date Created: 09/20/16
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 The Blues in Chicago noun plural noun: the blues 1 . 
 melancholic music of black American folk origin, typically in a twelve-bar sequence. It developed in the rural southern US toward the end of the 19th century, finding a wider audience in the 1940s as blacks migrated to the cities. This urban blues gave rise to rhythm and blues and rock and roll. ◦ a piece of blues music.noun: blues
 "we'll do a blues in C" 2 . 
 feelings of melancholy, sadness, or depression."she's got the blues" synonyms: depression, sadness, unhappiness, melancholy, misery, sorrow, gloom, dejection, despondency, despair. The Great Migration was the movement of 6 million African Americans out of • the rural Southern U.S. to the urban Northeast, Midwest, and West that occurred between 1910—1940. • Maxwell Street was the birthplace of Chicago blues. African Americans would sit with their guitars, harmonicas, or even just their voices, and play for anyone who would listen. It became a hub of blues music. Many legendary Chicago blues musicians were discovered on Maxwell Street. • Blues music in the South was languid and slow, the product of a heat that you could hear. Chicago blues was amplified, busy, and loud. • Blues is not about wallowing in misery; it is about shedding the misery and finding something new on the other side. Blues is a way to cope. “A guy will promise you the world and give you nothin’, and that’s the blues.” —Otis Rush 1 Tuesday, September 20, 2016 1. Howlin’ Wolf: a raw, guttural performer, Howlin’ Wolf was born January 10, 1910 in Mississippi. A guitarist and harmonica player, his trademark sound was a low, soft howl that would send shivers down your spine. 2. Koko Taylor: one of the most successful female blues musicians to come out of Chicago, Koko Taylor was discovered on Maxwell Street in the early sixties. The is called “the Queen of the Blues.” 3. Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters is one of the greatest blues musicians of all time, and one of the most underappreciated. The Rolling Stones themselves were named after a Muddy Waters song. He is recognized as the Father of Chicago Blues. 2


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