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Monday, Feb. 13, 2012

Chasing Tha Blues (Burnside)

Amid the piquant stew of jazz, funk, soul, zydeco and R&B that is the scorching New Orleans music scene, the blues is largely relegated to the back burner. Surprisingly, there are no blues-only clubs of the likes found in Chicago, New York or Memphis...
12.21.2011 | | Posted at 05:25 PM
By Nicole
It's not an exaggeration to call the University of Wisconsin NHL University. There are 20 former Badgers currently skating in the NHL. 11 former Badgers played in last season's playoffs - more than any other college. One of the Badgers who has struggled to gain a foothold is former goalie and Hobey Baker finalist Brian Elliot. Drafted by Ottawa, he had a few chances, but never really earned the st...
Monday, May 24, 2010

Mysteries of Lightnin’ Hopkins

Like many blues singers of his time, Lightnin’ Hopkins started with a homemade guitar in the deep squalor of segregated Southern poverty, made his way to the big city, discovered amplification and became one of the rough-sawn bridges between the weird old America and rock’n’roll...
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010

The Best of the Chicago Annual

From 1989 through 1995 Lincoln T. Beauchamp, Jr., an African-American musician and writer, published a thick journal called the Original Chicago Blues Annual. OCBA included poetry and fiction but focused on interviews with blues and jazz artists along with cultural essays on the black experience in America...
Monday, Jan. 18, 2010

The Tangled Roots of American Music

Anyone interested in American music knows that the cotton fields of Mississippi were fertile ground for the blues; as the Delta soil was carried down river to New Orleans, the blues helped shape the emergence of jazz; and when the blues traveled by rail to Chicago...
12.31.1969 | | Posted at 06:00 PM

UWM Presents A Tribute to 1920's Blues

By Russ Bickerstaff
In undergraduate school, I took a course in the history of pop music. It’s kind of surprising that courses like that aren’t closer to the core of a standard liberal arts education. An understanding of the history of contemporary pop gives one a really interesting perspective on what’s going on in the world of contemporary pop culture—makes for a much more literate graduate. Somewhere in t...
12.19.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Ike’s Legacy: The ever-sharp Donald Fagen, everyone’s favorite half of Steely Dan, wrote a wonderful Ike Turner obit for Slate yesterday. Where other send offs painted Turner as a sinister villain, this one depicts him as a misguided and pathetic soul who never comprehended how he lost the career he worked so methodically to build: After Tina finally left in '76, Ike, already way shredded fro...
12.17.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
At her saddest, the voice of Edith Piaf was sorrow itself, intimating that love is a state of unsatisfiable yearning and life is melancholy without end. When she was ebullient, however, Piaf was a bolt of electricity. She was France’s analog to Billie Holiday and like the American jazz singer, led a troubled life and died too young. One of 2007’s great films, La Vie en Rose, has been...

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