Jazz And The Jazz Age

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The blues emerged early in the twentieth century and really spoke to the people as one of the most distinctive types of music at the time. “As a cultural expression, blues music is often thought of as being sad music, a form to express the hardships endured by African Americans. And, while it certainly can be that, the blues is also a way to deal with that hardship and celebrate good times as well as bad. Thus, in its long history throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty first, blues music has found resonance with a wide variety of people” (Berg 2). Blues is often thought of as birthed by African Americans, and while that is predominantly true, there are a large number of white performers as well. “In the 1960s blues music experienced …show more content…
It built on a number of earlier African American musical forms, including blues and ragtime, and on European-influenced popular music and dances” (Richards 3). New Orleans reigns supreme when it comes to jazz. The city was the essential birthplace and has influenced the music in such a big way. Following World War I, America was restless and soon came the Jazz Age. “Meanwhile, as the recording industry grew throughout the 1920s, the post–World War I generation found itself restless, dissatisfied, and looking for expressions of its own identity. The era was called the Jazz Age, but the Jazz Age was basically a white, middle-class phenomenon, and the music that became popular was mostly by white groups such as the Original Dixieland Jass Band” (Richards 7). The Jazz Age had America partying all night long and took over the nation. The banning of alcohol, or prohibition, in the twenties and thirties also had an effect on the Jazz Age. This only made people want alcohol more than they already did, and they always found a way. Society absolutely took the Jazz Age by the wheel with non stop partying, illegal alcohol, and jazz

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