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...The career of one of America’s most influential blues singers, Big Bill Broonzy, paralleled the evolution and commercial popularization of the African American folk form. While early biographical details are sketchy, Broonzy claimed to have...
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...The archetype of Chicago blues singing and musical performance, Howlin’ Wolf influenced musicians from the beginning of his career in the 1950s until well after his death in 1976. Born in Mississippi in 1910, Wolf was thrown out of his...

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Chicago Blues

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Between 1910 and 1930 Chicago’s African-American population increased from 44 thousand to 234 thousand, largely through migration from the South (Rowe 1973). On the South Side, and in enclaves on the West Side, the newly...

Swamp Blues

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Swamp blues is the name given to a regional form of electric blues which emerged in Louisiana in the mid-1950s. The main performers hailed from the Baton Rouge area, in south-eastern Louisiana, but most of the classic swamp blues titles...

Chicago, IL: South Side

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver is a Fellow of Oxford Brookes University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Although the first known person to live on the lakeshore site that was to become Chicago was an African-American ferry operator, the black population of the city as it grew was a small proportion of the total. Founded around 1830, it had...

British Blues

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

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...British blues refers to the performance of the African-American genre ‘the blues’ in Britain. The blues is a three-phrase, twelve-bar form based on the functional chords I, IV and V. It is predominantly a sung form, although instrumental...

Chicago, IL

Robert Pruter

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Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver is a Fellow of Oxford Brookes University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 2,896,016 (2000); metropolitan area – 7,261,176 (2000) Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. Located on the shores of the southern tip of Lake Michigan, it is the nucleus...

Blues

Paul Oliver

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Chris Smith

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Blues is an African-American musical genre which arose in the southern United States around the beginning of the twentieth century. With ragtime, jazz and gospel music it was part of a rich growth in African-American musical...