Blues Talk 11:
the blues revival and the Black Arts Movement


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Books, links, and other useful resources (listed roughly in the order they're mentioned in the video):


Reich, Howard.  “A Heated Discussion on Race, Gender, and the Blues:  Black Artists Sing the Blues Over Whitening of Genre.”  Chicago Tribune A&E.  21 May 2012. 

Blues and the Spirit Symposium 2012:  Opening Plenary:  Blues Summit on the State of the Music Today [YouTube video]

Whiteis, David.  “At 40 Years Old, Alligator Records Continues to Evolve.”  Chicago Reader.  19 May 2011.  [several of Iglauer’s remarks about African American blues performers in this profile set off a firestorm of protest in Chicago’s blues community.  Much of that protest can be found in the extended online responses below the article.]

Chicago Blues:  A Living History [website]

Billy Branch website

Sugar Blue website

Sharon Lewis website

Deitra Farr website

Collins, Lisa Gail and Margo Natalie Crawford.  New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement.  Rutgers UP, 2006.

Adelt, Ulrich.  Blues Music in the 60s:  A Story in Black and White.  Rutgers UP, 2011.

Hughes, Langston.  “Notes on Commercial Theater.”

Salaam, Kalamu ya.  “My Story, My Song.”  1997.

Keil, Charles.  Urban Blues.  U of Chicago Press, 1966.

Neal, Larry.  Visions of a Liberated Future:  Black Arts Movement Writings.  Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1989.

Historical Overviews of the Black Arts Movement