Blues on BBC4 – Friday 29 Nov 2013

Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 27, 2013

This Friday – 29 Nov 213

Episode 1 of 2 – Duration: 1 hour

Blues America

Blues is usually described as the sound of racial suffering and feeling sad, but this documentary argues that the blues began as a form of black pop music. First appearing in the Southern states of the USA around 1900, blues created by the poorest people in the richest nation on earth took America by storm. The film look at the early years of the blues to discover how Bessie Smith, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Charlie Patton used the latest media to bring their music to the public. With contributions from Keith Richards, Taj Mahal and Chuck D.

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