It has been defined by lyrical structure, or as a progression of chords, or as a set of practices reflecting West African "tonal and rhythmic approaches," using a five-note "blues scale," but It is not an easy thing to pin down. As Howlin' Wolf once described it, "When you ain't got no money and can't pay your house rent and can't buy you no food, you've damn sure got the blues." This month our Very Short Book Club discusses Elijah Wald's Very Short Introduction to The Blues, which traces its roots in work and praise songs and follows its evolution from the uptown West Coast style of T-Bone Walker to the "down home" Chicago sound of Muddy Waters.
The Very Short Book Club Gets the Blues
Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley #1
Evanston, IL 60201