Blues and African-American Culture
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...Bessie Smith. While, Smith and other musicians like her were still classified as Negro musicians and not American musicians, the music did become closer to mainstream American thought than it had ever been before.... Jones, LeRoi, Blues People. Chapter V, 1963. LeRoi Jones, later called Amiri Baraka, traces the evolution of Blues and Jazz through the conditions and lives of the slave citizens of the United States. His work generally highlights the connection between blues and African slave culture. Specifically, Jones shows how these musical forms became a cultural conduit by which African-American culture affected and changed White America. In the chapters under review, Jones chronicles the historical,...