The Commodification of the Blues Genre

The Blues genre has a similar theme of the struggles of Black people, as do the original meanings of numerous genres of music. While they were forced to work, many enslaved Africans communicated through song. This quickly  became an important and secretive method of communication. Much of the lyrics that were sang represented how Black people lived in America. In addition, Blues highlighted Black abuse and protested the Vietnam War. Enslaved Black people began to move north of the United States to spread the genre,  where eventually, white people claimed it as their own. Blues went on to influence Rock and Roll, R&B, and Hip Hop.

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