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...Charley Patton was not the first to play Delta Blues as a genre but was dubbed the “king” or “father” of the Delta Blues for being one of the genre’s most popular guitarists. In his time, he was a celebrity. One of the reasons for his...

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...Muddy Waters, nicknamed “The Father of Chicago Blues,” was a major influence in contemporary blues, though his music has also inspired many rock artists. Muddy Waters was born McKinley Morganfield on April 4, 1915, in Mississippi, USA...
...Few artists had such an impact on both American music culture and mythology as Robert Johnson, who was born in Mississippi in 1911. Johnson’s stepfather, a prosperous landowner, was forced out of his home of Hazlehurst by a lynch mob...

Mississippi Delta

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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...Paradoxically, it would seem, the delta of the Mississippi is not the Mississippi Delta. The southern tip of the northwestern region known as the Delta lies some 200 miles (322 km) south of Memphis, Tennessee and a similar...

Delta Blues

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 VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Located in the northern part of the state of Mississippi, the Delta is not the true river delta but an area covering 20 counties defined by the meeting of the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers. The term ‘ Delta blues’ refers to the blues...

Mississippi Valley

David Evans

David Evans was born in Cardiff and educated at Cardiff University. He holds a DPhil in American Literature from the University of Oxford. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Independent on Sunday, FT Weekend and Sight & Sound. This is his first book. 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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...The valley of the Mississippi River stretches from the Gulf of Mexico northward to the river’s source in Minnesota and includes portions of ten states. Most of the valley is bordered by fertile farmland, including a broad floodplain...

Blues

Paul Oliver

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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...