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The world before Rock n' Roll. African American influences and the beginning of Country music.
History of Rock
Sean K McCollough
Class Notes
Music History, history, Rock, utk, University, Of, University of Tennessee Knoxville
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Date Created: 10/02/16
Chapter 1 The World Before Rock n’ Roll  The African roots of the banjo have a big influence on early music  The ballad tradition: a British Story Telling  The fiddle tradition  Blackface Minstrel Shows: incredibly racist/ white musicians making fun of African Americans and their culture. o Stephen Foster: a popular musician in the Minstrel Shows  String bands : early country music also known as “Hillbilly Music” o Gid Tanner and His Skillet Lickers  The “Big Bang” of country music/ the Bristol Sessions: a recording company brought recording equipment to a small music shop in Bristol TN-VA (1927) o The Carter Family : they went and stole songs from locals and put copyrights on them/ Huge part of the history of country music. o Jimmie Rodgers (the father of country music) “ Waiting on a Train”  The sheet music industry  Tin Pan Alley Pop: a block where publishers made sheet music/ often become songs for movies o “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” The influence of African American Music  Congo Square in New Orleans, LA: one of the only places African American slaves were able practice their music and religion.  African American musical elements: rattle and buzz, call and response, improvisation, polyrhythms, and blue notes  Work songs: songs slaves sung in while they worked The Blues  The country blues o Robert Johnson (the king of the delta blues): “Cross Road Blues”  Used the 12-bar blues  Black string bands o Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong o Carl Martin  The Classic blues o Bessie Smith (the empress of the Blues) o WC Handy (the father of the blues) Swing & Rhythm and Blues (the Jump Blues)  Big Mamma Thorton


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