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Elijah Wald and the Blues

Elijah Wald is a music writer and guitarist who has approached topics as diverse as the history of rock ‘n’ roll,* the dozens, narcocorridos, and delta blues legend Robert Johnson. He has also taught at my alma mater, UCLA.**

In this chapter from The Blues: A Very Short Introduction, Wald introduces the relationship between jazz and blues, starting with the statement, “Blues and jazz have been intertwined since before either style had a name.” He then proceeds to tell a history of how the two styles developed in relationship to each other. It’s a fun, quick read.

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*This is available as an eBook through the USF library website.

**His feedback influenced an early direction I took with my bossa nova research.

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