MUS 231 Nothing But the Blues (Not offered 2004-2005)*

For the past 100 years, blues has been an important and influential form of African-American music that has spread its influence far beyond Black Americans. This seminar examines the history and evolution of the blues and asks several questions. What values and beliefs are implicit in or are expressed through the blues? How has the social experience of African-Americans affected blues music? How has this music changed over time and in different places? Have these changes allowed this music to speak to audiences? What have various forms of the blues meant to African-Americans, to white Americans, to Europeans, Africans, and other peoples? Are there significant differences in the ways in which men and women approach singing or playing the blues? What has been the impact of the blues on other forms of music? Prerequisites: prior knowledge of, or course work in, music, African-American history, or African-American culture. Enrollment limit: 10.