Overview

In the Blues Collection, students examine the creation and spread of Blues as an international phenomenon. The first lesson, “The Blues: The Sound of Rural Poverty” introduces the origins of the genre in the Mississippi Delta. The “Blues and the Great Migration” and “The Birth of the Electric Guitar” lessons follow the music and musicians who played it North during the Great Migration. “The Influence of the Rhythm and Blues” explore the Blues as the soil from which Rock and Roll sprang in the 1950s. The last two lessons, “The American Blues in Britain” and “Giving America Back the Blues,” explore the “discovery” of Blues in England, and the genre’s subsequent return to America as part of the British Invasion.