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Alan Balfour commented on Erwin Bosman's blog post 'The preacher they called the “Blues King”'
"Superb.  In 1967 David amazed all blues fans by publishing, over four issues of Blues Unlimited (40-44), the results of his interview with Lacey. I'm surprised David hasn't cited his ground breaking research. Too modest I expect."
Mar 29, 2013
A blog post by Erwin Bosman was featured

African American Music – A survival or an actual creative force in today’s culture?

One of the recurrent topics for debate among blues aficionados is the degree of African retentions. The discussion reflects the broader theme of the social-cultural position of African Americans in the American society, and relates to questions of assimilation, acculturation or retention of the original culture. In this context, it is common to quote the two opposite positions, represented by the theories of E. Franklin Frazier, on the one hand, and of Melville J. Herskovits, on the other hand.…See More
Feb 22, 2013
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African American Music – A survival or an actual creative force in today’s culture?

One of the recurrent topics for debate among blues aficionados is the degree of African retentions. The discussion reflects the broader theme of the social-cultural position of African Americans in the American society, and relates to questions of assimilation, acculturation or retention of the original culture. In this context, it is common to quote the two opposite positions, represented by the theories of E. Franklin Frazier, on the one hand, and of Melville J. Herskovits, on the other hand.…See More
Feb 20, 2013
A blog post by Erwin Bosman was featured

The blues, they are no art

Do I sound provocative? What if I contend moreover that strictly speaking the blues were denatured the very minute their first notes were put on paper sometime around the turn of the first decade of the 19th century?  If I claim furthermore that the epithet “the blues” has become less and less appropriate to denominate what has been recorded and played in the decades after the first commercial recording, I understand that at this point you are shocked and you start throwing insults at me to…See More
Dec 14, 2012
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The blues, they are no art

Do I sound provocative? What if I contend moreover that strictly speaking the blues were denatured the very minute their first notes were put on paper sometime around the turn of the first decade of the 19th century?  If I claim furthermore that the epithet “the blues” has become less and less appropriate to denominate what has been recorded and played in the decades after the first commercial recording, I understand that at this point you are shocked and you start throwing insults at me to…See More
Dec 11, 2012
A blog post by Erwin Bosman was featured

How criticism helped the vaudeville: The spotlight on Franklin “Baby” Seals

I have always had a soft spot for persons and events which for whatever reason have fallen out of grace in history books. Often, their story discloses much more of their environment than the historic relics which have been promoted on a pedestal, for the historic aura of the latter testifies more of current than of past values.  Likewise, in the history of the pre and early blues the less known is not a fortiori less relevant, on the contrary. There too the fine-tooth combing of extant…See More
Nov 7, 2012
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How criticism helped the vaudeville: The spotlight on Franklin “Baby” Seals

I have always had a soft spot for persons and events which for whatever reason have fallen out of grace in history books. Often, their story discloses much more of their environment than the historic relics which have been promoted on a pedestal, for the historic aura of the latter testifies more of current than of past values.  Likewise, in the history of the pre and early blues the less known is not a fortiori less relevant, on the contrary. There too the fine-tooth combing of extant…See More
Nov 5, 2012
Erwin Bosman commented on Erwin Bosman's blog post 'Wagner, Beethoven & Negro Folksongs, and … baseball'
"Dick, thanks for your reaction and  information. I will come back on this. Very much appreciated, erwin"
Oct 7, 2012
Dick Weissman commented on Erwin Bosman's blog post 'Wagner, Beethoven & Negro Folksongs, and … baseball'
"A couple of random responses.   This is a bit later than the period that you covered, but a folklorist named George Pullen Jackson seems to have made it his life's work to "prove" that "Negro spirituals" all derived…"
Oct 7, 2012
Erwin Bosman commented on Erwin Bosman's blog post 'Wagner, Beethoven & Negro Folksongs, and … baseball'
"Hugh, in fact, I believe, there is more, as I will show in coming essays. Sound and rhythm are, in African culture, carried over to the African Americans, a means to transcend reality, to define themselves in relation to their environment...Much…"
Oct 5, 2012
Hugh MacDonald commented on Erwin Bosman's blog post 'Wagner, Beethoven & Negro Folksongs, and … baseball'
"Thanks Erwin. My Mom, born on Nantucket in 1911, used to say Black people were better at music because they have an "extra beat" that we don't have. Always found that interesting, and would guess it came from a pre war island culture."
Oct 5, 2012
Erwin Bosman commented on Erwin Bosman's blog post 'Wagner, Beethoven & Negro Folksongs, and … baseball'
"It is my pleasure to share this with you! greetz, erwin"
Oct 4, 2012
Rudyjeep commented on Erwin Bosman's blog post 'Wagner, Beethoven & Negro Folksongs, and … baseball'
"This - as usual -  is great stuff Erwin - thanks for posting it here. "
Oct 4, 2012
A blog post by Erwin Bosman was featured

Wagner, Beethoven & Negro Folksongs, and … baseball

Introduction & acknowledgementIn his book “The Bluesman: The Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas” (1992), Julio Finn, himself a blues musician wrote: “[White blues performers] can never be bluespeople […] because the blues is not something they live but something they do  – which makes all the difference in the world. What distinguishes the bluesperson from the blues performer is cultural-racial make-up, which can only be inherited by a descendent of an ex-American…See More
Oct 4, 2012
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Wagner, Beethoven & Negro Folksongs, and … baseball

Introduction & acknowledgementIn his book “The Bluesman: The Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas” (1992), Julio Finn, himself a blues musician wrote: “[White blues performers] can never be bluespeople […] because the blues is not something they live but something they do  – which makes all the difference in the world. What distinguishes the bluesperson from the blues performer is cultural-racial make-up, which can only be inherited by a descendent of an ex-American…See More
Oct 1, 2012
A blog post by Erwin Bosman was featured

The Whitman Sisters: Why We May Never Silence Them

“Black Voices, White Visions.” Such was the subtitle Marybeth Hamilton (2007) reserved for her book “In Search of the Blues”, in which she argues that the concept of the Delta Blues emerged in the late twentieth century mainly as the product of a longstanding white fascination with the voices and music of the African Americans in a form unadulterated by modernization. In his “History of the Blues” (1995; 2003), Francis Davis muses on how, at any given point in time, “whites have been the ones…See More
Sep 5, 2012

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African American Music – A survival or an actual creative force in today’s culture?

One of the recurrent topics for debate among blues aficionados is the degree of African retentions. The discussion reflects the broader theme of the social-cultural position of African Americans in the American society, and relates to questions of assimilation, acculturation or retention of the original culture. In this context, it is common to quote the two opposite positions, represented by the theories of E. Franklin Frazier, on the one hand, and of Melville…

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Posted on February 20, 2013 at 1:30am

The blues, they are no art

Do I sound provocative? What if I contend moreover that strictly speaking the blues were denatured the very minute their first notes were put on paper sometime around the turn of the first decade of the 19th century?  If I claim furthermore that the epithet “the blues” has become less and less appropriate to denominate what has been recorded and played in the decades after the first commercial recording, I understand that at this point you are shocked and you start throwing…

Continue

Posted on December 11, 2012 at 3:00am

How criticism helped the vaudeville: The spotlight on Franklin “Baby” Seals

I have always had a soft spot for persons and events which for whatever reason have fallen out of grace in history books. Often, their story discloses much more of their environment than the historic relics which have been promoted on a pedestal, for the historic aura of the latter testifies more of current than of past values.  Likewise, in the history of the pre and early blues the less known is not a fortiori less relevant, on the contrary. There too the fine-tooth combing of extant…

Continue

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 3:30am

Wagner, Beethoven & Negro Folksongs, and … baseball

Introduction & acknowledgement

In his book “The Bluesman: The Musical Heritage of Black Men and Women in the Americas” (1992), Julio Finn, himself a blues musician wrote: “[White blues performers] can never be bluespeople […] because the blues is not something they live but something they do  – which makes all the difference in the world. What…

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