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Nigel w wrote:The blues will continue to be heard - in the same way you can still hear people playing early English madrigals. But it doesn't seem to be a living, vibrant. still-evolving form capable of constant reinvention in the way that other forms of folk music are.
Why is that? I suspect it has something to do with it being a form of expression too closely associated with a specific experience and time - .
Nigel w wrote:I'd like to see the DVD made by the guys from The Cat Head in Clarksdale
Nigel also wrote:I'd be interested to hear your views, Ian, as a 60s British bluesman of sufficient note to warrant that archaeological release of your work you were telling us about the other day..
Charlie wrote:Nigel w wrote: But it doesn't seem to be a living, vibrant. still-evolving form capable of constant reinvention in the way that other forms of folk music are. Why is that? I suspect it has something to do with it being a form of expression too closely associated with a specific experience and time - .
Isn't this expressing the difficullty you and I have with English folk, Nigel?
John Lee Hooker, in one of the last interviews he gave before he died, said to me repeatedly : "The blues will never die.'' The romantic in me wants to believe that but sadly I don't think it is true. The blues is dead/is dying out with John Lee and his generation.
[/quote][quote if you mean the blues as Hooker played it - in its purest form - then it will still live on in his recorded performances as a vital, electric force, to be discovered and built on, by generations of musicians to come.
something so different from what recognisably linked (say) Charley Patton to Howlin' Wolf to maybe even early Beefheart that it needs a different name
Ian A. wrote: However, when I first met Corey Harris in the early 90s, he was performing many of the same songs we'd been doing back then - learned from the same records we listened to, so who's more valid? - and it turned out he was just being born at that point! The Carolina Chocolate Drops are a decade or more younger than Corey. "Revivalists" get snided at, but I'm a great believer in Malagasy guitarist Etienne Ramboatina's philosophy that "you can't know where you're going if you don't know where you come from". Sometimes it's good to go back and start again from an earlier point, find some different/ unexplored tangents to fly off at, as Corey has by going to Africa, or the CCDs by "old timeying" hip hop songs.
howard male wrote: . . . you might as well say all music, pre hip-hop, is dying.
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