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Segregating Sound: Inventing Folk and Pop Music in the Age of Jim Crow
8 Apr 2010 // 4:00 PM
When composer W.C. Handy published the first major collection of blues songs in 1926, reimagining pop tunes as folk songs, he explicitly framed the blues as folk music.
Race in America, Race in Music: Different Trains, Same Two Tracks
27 May 2010 // 4:00 PM
It's an American pop music creation myth: that blues and folk music developed along two distinct tracks, with their own distinct traditions, divided along racial lines. The truth is, of course, far more slippery and complicated.