History of British Blues

 

Articles and Essays

Here are a series of articles and essays on the birth of British Blues, sources and influences, evolution of British blues, the blues scene and where we are today.

'British Blues' from Wikipedia.

British Blues Over The Decades - looking back at key events in British blues by Darren Weale from the British Blues Exhibition.

British Blues Today - a look at what constitutes the blues today by Rosy Greer from the British Blues Archive.

'The Blackwell Guide to Blues Records' edited by Paul Oliver - a look at the guide by Alan Balfour from the British Blues Archive.

Blues Power - how the blues survived and thrived in the Sixties on both sides of the Atlantic from the British Blues Archive.

Blues Revival - from 'Survey of American Popular Music' - coming soon.

'Blues Specialist Record Shops in the UK: 1960s' - by Max Haymes from Early Blues (www.earlyblues.com).

Diary of a Bluesman - the travels of a bluesman in a year long diary, written by Mike 'Dr Blue' McKeon from the British Blues Archive.

Lightnin' Hopkins Obituary, New Musical Express, 1982 - by Alan Balfour from the British Blues Archive.

'The Elmore James Story - Marking the 20th Anniversary of his Death' by Alan Balfour, Soul Bag '94 from the British Blues Archive.

'The Land Where The Blues Began' by Alan Lomax - a look at the seminal work by Alan Balfour from the British Blues Archive.

London Blues Scene in the 60s - Paul Soper share his memories of the 60s blues scene in London from the British Blues Archive.

'Otis Spann' by Alan Balfour from the British Blues Archive.

'How Britain Got The Blues' compiled by Alan White from the liner notes of CD sets of the same name.

'Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee - UK Tour Souvenir Programme' by Alan Balfour from the British Blues Archive - coming soon.

'What Is The Blues?' - definition/meaning of the blues and what does the blues mean to you? compiled by Alan White.

'What is Blues/Rock and When is it Not Blues?' compiled by Alan White - coming soon.

'What is The Difference Between British and American Blues? compiled by Alan White - coming soon.

[The above three articles will invite the reader to comment / express opinions, so if you want to start the ball rolling before the articles are published, then email your initial thoughts to Alan White at [email protected] ]  Thank you.

more articles ... coming soon.