Classic Blues

VFor the second paper, I would like you to pick either a theme in the blues that interests you–sexual politics in blues, blues as protest, themes of power or helplessness, the repertory of a single artist–or a single figure, and write an argument about that figure or theme. Do not fill up your paper with biographical information—usually a paragraph or two will do. Instead, be sure to describe some specific examples of the music as carefully as you can in your own words. At least three. (That’s a requirement and we all can count.)

Length is five pages.

If you were to write about the influence of Robert Johnson on Chicago blues, or on rock, you would describe specific performances by Johnson, isolate the elements that are important and then describe the influenced performances. Don’t be afraid to use whatever language you have. The idea is that you listen very carefully to the songs.

Length is five pages.