Tue, Jun 08|
"The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture" with Chris Thomas King and Dr. Clarence Lusane
Join musician, Chris Thomas King for the launch of "The Blues: The Authentic Narrative of My Music and Culture", the first book to argue the blues began as a cosmopolitan art form, not a rural one.
Time & Location
Jun 08, 2021, 7:00 PM
About The Event
"This book is the first to argue the blues behan as a cosmopolitan art form, not a rural one. As early as 1900, the sound of the blues was ubiquitous in New Orleans. The Mississippii Delta, meanwhile was an unpopulated sportsman's paradise--the the frontier was still in the process of being cleared and drained for cultivarion. Expecting these findings to be controversial in some circles, King has buttressed his conclusions with primary sources and years of extensive research, including a sojourn to West Africa and interviews with surviving folklorists and blues researchers from 1960's folk-rediscovery epoch"-IPG
About Chris Thomas King: Chris Thomas King, born into the blues in 1962, was discovered in Louisiana in 1979 by a folklorist from the Smithsonian Institute and introduced to the world by folk label Arhoolie Records as an authentic folk-blues successor to Huddie "Leadbelly" Ledbetter, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, and Jelly Roll Morton. King played the itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou, and he has earned numerous awards, including an Album of the Year Grammy and an Album of the Year Country Music (CMA) Award.