A heated discussion on 'Race, Gender & the Blues'
Wed May 23 07:29:36 EDT 2012
Johnny Meister wrote:
"Much of it has to do with who is the audience
and what the audience is looking for."
There you have it. Who puts the butts in the seats?
> Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 06:45:02 -0400
> From: bluesandbeyond@GMAIL.COM
> Subject: Re: A heated discussion on 'Race, Gender & the Blues'
> To: BLUES-L@LISTSERV.NETHELPS.COM
> To say that it's about the money is to state the obvious but fail to
> go beyond that... WHY is the money going to whom it is going? Why
> does there seem to be a preference for white blues players?
> The racial subject justifiably continues to rattle the blues world. I
> am surprised by how few blacks are on the bill at some pretty
> high-profile events. Much of it has to do with who is the audience
> and what the audience is looking for. Some of the most incisive
> analysis of this is in Adam Gussow's "Journeyman's Road" where he
> talks about "half-truths" about blues.
> As the expression "half-truths" implies, there are no simple
> declarative answers to understanding blues history, though at some
> bottom line it is hard to deny that its roots are African-American
> and that whites have benefited more financially than blacks. His
> discussion of the "white autonomous" blues world, white players and
> fans who seem to have completely separated blues music from its
> African-American source is particularly eye-opening. It's more than a
> little depressing too, for I see blues as one of the main factors in
> the civil rights movement. The undeniable appeal of blues to whites
> forced at least some whites to question their racial attitudes in life.
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