The History of the Blues
Date and Time: Wednesday, November 6, 13, 20, 27, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Cost: $49.00 per session or $149.00 for the series
Come with a Friend discount*: $37.00 per session
Course participation is limited to 20 people.
* For a limited time only, you can take advantage of our Come with a Friend promotion which entitles any friends you bring to 25% off on the General Public price. To take advantage of this promotion, ask your friend to email pace [dot] scs [at] mcgill [dot] ca and to let us know that they heard about the session from you. We will then register them at the discounted rate.
This course examines the roots of the blues, its rich history, and its enduring influence. You will hear recordings and see film clips of classic blues and early jazz, the songsters, gospel music, down-home blues from the Delta and other regional styles, jug bands, urban and commercial styles, post-war rhythm and blues, Chicago blues, rock blues, and current blues.
Wednesday, November 6: Blues Roots and Early Recordings
Blues had been developing for decades by the time the first recordings were made in the 1920s. The early stars were the female singers such as Bessie Smith (The Empress of the Blues) and Ma Rainey, and then the industry discovered rural bluesmen, including Blind Lemon Jefferson.
Wednesday, November 13: Downhome Blues
From the delta come a host of greats, of which Robert (did he really sell his soul to the devil?) Johnson is the best known, but Son House, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt, and so many others are also legendary.
Wednesday, November 20: Urban Blues
In the post-war period, blues developed with larger bands and electric guitars, with John Lee Hooker, T-Bone Walker, BB King, Muddy Waters, and Howlin’ Wolf among the trailblazers.
Wednesday, November: Blues Rock and Blues Vitality
Inspired by Chicago blues men like Otis Rush and Willie Dixon, blues rockers from Eric Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughn brought blues into rock. Blues continues today, still alive and well.
Craig Morrison, Ph.D., is an ethnomusicologist, musician, author and teacher. Professor Morrison teaches courses on popular music and cultures at Concordia University. He has also taught at McGill University and the McGill Centre for Continuing Education, and given lectures for The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and various libraries and organizations. Author of two books and numerous articles on music, he has recorded 11 CDs, some documenting his annual Roots of Rock and Roll Concert at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, where his band Vintage Wine performs and accompanies invited guests.
For more Information
E-mail address: pace [dot] scs [at] mcgill [dot] ca
All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing.
The following Cancellation Policy applies:
Up to 7 days prior to the start date: Full refund
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted
If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.
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