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Thread #98564   Message #1953570
Posted By: Richard Bridge
31-Jan-07 - 11:14 AM
Thread Name: The Blues View V the Folk View?
Subject: RE: The Blues View V the Folk View?
Oh, I'm absolutely sure there are huge arguments to be had about whether Buddy Guy's work is Chicago blues or some other kind (and how do you classify BB King or Albert King - is there a thing called "Vegas Blues") - clearly it isn't delta. There has, however never been a definition of the blues that required transmission and modification by an oral process, and indeed I am not aware of any definition of the blues at all. Certainly I often wonder whether Leadbelly played the blues or something else and if so what.

I do remember in the 60s and 70s large arguments about whether white men could play the blues, and if they couldn't what did John Mayall play?

Another was about where blues ended and jazz began.