A heated discussion on 'Race, Gender & the Blues'

Jonny Meister bluesandbeyond@GMAIL.COM
Tue May 29 07:12:16 EDT 2012

I remember Lonnie Brooks telling me once that he loved country
western music when he was growing up. The great thing about music is
that it simply refuses to observe boundaries. Music irreverently
crossed racial  boundaries in the US, and refused to take sides in
the struggle between Ireland and England. It fails to honor the
divide(s) in the Middle East.  I think it has had an important role
in promoting better relations between races, ethnic groups, etc...
though obviously we have a long way to go. Perhaps that's why the
Taliban rejects music altogether, though it is surely an
irrepressible part of human experience, and it cannot be banished
from human life. The role of music in crossing boundaries is perhaps
best represented by the blues...

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