WHITE FOLKS ARE KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE,

V. Chandler fruteland@yahoo.com
Fri Oct 17 23:54:53 EDT 2003


Dear Fred Dabney,
I agree with your opnoin.Well said. The upcoming generation(many of our
kids) have been and continue to be commercially bombarded with popular
music.
They have a slavish dedication to the hit of the week. They do not know what
they like they like what they know.

Our grandkids (those who would be passing thriugh middle school now ) will
show more of an interest because of what we are doing now to keep the music
alive.
Fruteland Jackson


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----- Original Message -----
From: "Fred Dabney" <fdabney@nmsu.edu>
To: <BLUES-L@LISTS.NETSPACE.ORG>
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2003 9:13 PM
Subject: Re: WHITE FOLKS ARE KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE,


> This is one of those recurring themes which can easily degenerate
> into a screaming match, one that no one really wants but still...
>
> Anyway.
>
> For the moment, lets ignore the history of the music and concentrate
> on its later incarnations.
>
> I have no real notion of why it is, but American black culture doesn't
> seem to encourage the sort of self-absorbed interest in its own roots,
> its own origins that is typical of European culture.  So, blues, jazz
> and other source music is quickly abandoned by its own practitioners,
> at least the black ones.  There the interest is "what's next", not where
> did it come from.
>
> One result of this is that unless the more academic oriented white
> scholar starts digging into it, it's lost.  I have no idea if there are
> any black members of a prewar blues list or not, but there are
> plenty of white members who spend hours digging through old
> census records, trying to establish just who some of those names
> are one runs across in the early music.  Just what the references
> are to in some of the old lyrics.  And just who it was on some of
> those essentially undocumented recordings.
>
> Sure there are some black scholars but as a rule most of them
> are less interested in the abstract history than trying to prove
> a social or racial point- for the most part not really needed since
> those of us who pay attention already know the basics of the
> story, and what a shameful story it is to have given rise to
> such a glorious music.
>
> The supposition that whites are keeping blues alive (and jazz
> for that matter) is less important than they are keeping the
> legacy alive for a new generation.  Sooner or later, there will
> be a generation of black fans and artists who will want to
> know who Blind Willie McTell was, what he did and it will
> be the work of white scholars and artists who will have kept
> that particular flame alive.  Alvin Youngblood Hart, Corey
> Harris and his brethren are a start, but they are also more
> interested in where it's going than where it's been, to our
> loss.  Tomorow will come, but yesterday can get lost and
> lost forever in the stampede to that future.
>
> Fred D.
>
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