Halls without walls: examining the development, dissemination and perpetuation of blues music and blues culture

Attah, Tom (2017) Halls without walls: examining the development, dissemination and perpetuation of blues music and blues culture. In: 53rd Annual Conference of the Royal Musical Society, 7th - 9th September 2017, University of Liverpool.

Abstract

Blues music and blues culture undergo transformations of form and circulation when oral practices are first committed to text as sheet music . Further evolutions occur as performances are remediated as phonograph records and through various broadcast media during the 20th century. Each successive transformation generates discourses of authenticity, ownership and value which enable and constrain definitions of blues music and blues culture. These discourses have remained largely unexamined as part of the latest cycle of remediation to digital formats and computer-mediated virtual environments since 1996. This paper presents the results of examination on key sites to better understand and illustrate the development, dissemination and perpetuation of the discourse blues music and blues culture such as it is enacted on the internet in the digital age.

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