“Nothin’ But a Good Man Feelin’ Bad”: The Rise of Blues (1900-1930)

A lecture recital that traces blues from its beginnings in the African American subculture in the early 1900s through its triumphant emergence in the mainstream over the next twenty years. This revelatory program offers works from the obscure to the famous, and deep insights into the development of this most important and influential of genres.

Drawing on ground-breaking research and little known source material dating back to the 1850s, Dr. Peter Muir traces the development of each of these elements in the nineteenth century and shows how they rapidly coalesced at the beginning of the twentieth.

Program available on request.