MUS-3220 History of Blues

3 credits

Prerequisite: None.

This course traces the history and development of blues form African origins through the rural blues of Mississippi, the East Coast and Texas to the electric blues of Chicago, the blues revival of the 1960's and modern blues today. A close examination of the music itself, the people who make it, the rural and urban social contexts that have supported it, the mutual influence and interconnection of blues and rock-and-roll, and the relationship of blues to African-American history and culture. Meets Part III of the GECC.