How the blues changed america posted on april 27, the blues were mainly a music that pertained to african-americans the blues music became a driving force in helping the civil rights movement to become successful the blues helped african american performers to gain mainstream acceptance and also bring black and white musicians and. The blues in american culture the blues with its pulsing rhythms, melodic hooks, aching harmonies, vivid images, timeless stories, and exciting performance practices is america's basic musical language.
Considering the impact of jazz, it is surprising how little impact the music had on african american letters in the 1920s and 1930s jazz's literary influence comes after world war ii. Blues is one of the predominantly african american genres that gave black people a voice in america according to dolores barclay“ there’s nothing more american than the blues not apple pie not the hot dog the blues is the “j” in jazz and the “s” in soul it is the mama of rock and the papa of roll” (barclay, 94. Billboard started making a separate list of hit records for african-american music in october 1942 with the harlem hit parade, which was changed in 1945 to race records, and then in 1949 to rhythm and blues records.
Vaudeville blues singers prospered on the fringes of the mainstream: some of these pioneering african american women (like bessie smith) were documented on film they inspired (and were imitated by) countless nightclub singers, especially in new york and their records were often purchased by white audiences. The african origins most influential staple is evidenced throughout modern popular culture where america has continuously capitalized in more ways than one through language, hair styles, clothing and contemporary music. The history of african american music adapted from essays by lori brooks, berea college, and cynthia young source for information on the history of african american music: african-american years: chronologies of american history and experience dictionary.
The blues form is a cyclic musical form in which a repeating progression of chords mirrors the call and response scheme commonly found in african and african-american music. Blues music, a form of cultural expression whose very ground was the unjust and painful relationship between blacks and whites in the segregated south, is also a music that has helped minister to the lingering wounds of segregation during the post civil rights era (gussow 37.