chapter  4
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1957–1962: The Blues Revival, Part I

The critics who had optimistically guessed that the blues-based musical fads of the

mid 1950s might stimulate a taste for the real thing turned out to be right. Trad jazz

led many young hipsters to valorize African American music, as did skiffle and

rock ‘n’ roll. These movements stimulated “a growing appetite for authentic blues.

Hearing the blues, in however crude or debased a form, seems to have conditioned

many teenagers to the pattern and mood of the idiom, so that they can listen to