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Watch All You Need Is Love The Story of Popular Music online: Episode 5 Who's That Comin'? (The Blues)

Blues is a word you have to think about before it can be understood. Contrary to popular belief, blues as a form of music does not appear until 1910 or so, that is after ragtime and jazz. Blues is not, therefore, the cornerstone of popular music. Rather, it has become an emotional response, through music to a variety of oppressive social conditions. The Episode begins in the Delta of Mississippi and follow the progress of itinerant blues musicians to the steel mills and automobile factories of Chicago; from harmonica and fiddle, to electric guitar and fashionable nightclub. Finally, the Episode shows how blues phrases and harmonies were stolen by white rock n rollers in need of a new gimmick. featuring B.B. King Bessie Smith Billie Holiday Leadbelly Memphis Slim Mighty Joe Young Muddy Waters Ray Charles Roosevelt Sykes Son House Victoria Spivey Willie 'The Lion' Smith

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