Elijah Wald
Columns // 2 Articles
Reviews // 5 Articles
//Columns

Contrary to Popular Belief, the Blues Were Not Born on the Mississippi Delta
15 May 2017 // 9:00 PM

Historians Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff debunk myths about the origins of blues music, locating them not in the Mississippi Delta but in southern black vaudeville.

Retelling the History of Black Music: Everything You Know About the Blues Is Wrong
2 Jul 2008 // 6:00 PM

For the most part, blacks were not involved in the heroic work of rescuing the black acoustic blues legacy from the passage of time.

//Reviews

Bob Dylan's Magical, Controversial Night Shows No Signs of Losing Life
19 Aug 2015 // 9:05 PM

Elijah Wald expertly recreates the (in)famous Newport electric set, shifting perspective amongst Dylan, Seeger and others to fans in the crowd and even the beleaguered sound man.

It's an Art Form, Talking 'Bout Your Mama
24 Mar 2015 // 9:05 PM

Readers that aren’t easily offended will find themselves laughing and cringing at what is surely the raunchiest history book in years.

//Mixed media
//Blogs

'Knee Deep' Has a Great Setting That Ruins the Game

// Moving Pixels

"Knee Deep's elaborate stage isn't meant to convey a sense of spatial reality, it's really just a mechanism for cool scene transitions. And boy are they cool.

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