Re: The Blues: Retrospective value is not enough / are the blues treated fairly?
posted at 12/14/2012 10:33 AM EST
In response to yogafriend's comment:
How about replacing "authentic" for "pure"? That's what I was thinking, and (going back to my OP regarding the article that got this whole thread started) what the author meant.
I took it (for starters) as music that's played by blues musicians, not rock musicians who either play blues-infused rock, or blues-inspired rock. That's what the author had issues with in the first place. It wasn't a criticism, it was his premise that rockers took the blues and ran with it, and blues musicians were left behind somehow, and have not flourished in the same way. He looked at the issue from a cultural heritage standpoint as well.
That was the concern. Rock has taken off in all directions, and while the authentic, original blues musicians are given credit for being an 'influence', they have somehow been left behind, or are in the second tier of importance, rather than the first tier.
But I think the forum is more progressive, based on the comments. :)
The blues always were, and always will be, a genre that does not have the exposure that rock music has had, so for starters, it's not appropriate to compare the two. Secondly, what Slim, dd, and others said about "fashion" and music trends calms down the argument as well. You're right, the trends come and go in all genres, and while the authentic / original / straight sound will always have some followers, the original bliues music can also comfortably be placed into a historical reference point, and that doesn't mean it's being dissed in any way. You're right; that music just does not have broad appeal, and the truth is, it never did. It was regional, and that's how it made its way through pockets of the country. As it stands today, no doubt there are many more blues clubs in other cities of the country than there are in Boston.
It seems to me there is agreement here. Not easy to articulate. :)
Just to reiterate, I think that music if often a product of it's particular time and place. And its best practitioners were only around for a limited time. These unique sounds can never be recreated. The basic form may remain, but the the circumstances that created certain sounds will never be duplicated.