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American Music - Blues Music  

An introduction to resources available at the Lougheed Library on the rise of "the blues."
Last Updated: Jan 18, 2012 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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125 Rt. 340
Sparkill, N.Y. 10976

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The library has tremendous amounts of information. To make your research a little easier, this guide has some links directly to library resources regarding your project. You will also find links to outside, informative, and fun sources.

Below is a picture of Robert Johnson whom many credit as an important influence on the American blues, specifically the Delta blues. His shadowy, poorly documented life has given rise to legends about him. It is said that he sold his soul to the Devil one night at the Crossroads because he wanted to become a great blues musician. He died at the age of 27. Robert Johnson is ranked fifth in Rolling Stone's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.



Fun Links

WKCR 89.9 FM  is the radio station of Columbia University. It has an eclectic sound featuring ancient, jazz, blues, blue grass music, and opera to name just a few. The people who work there and are the DJs are volunteers, and by and large, students.

Twice a week, blues music is showcased. The program on Saturdays is called, "Something Inside of Me," from the title of an old Elmore James song. You can hear it from 3-6pm on Saturday afternoons. "Tuesday's Just as Bad," starts at 11:30pm on Tuesday nights and wraps up at 1am on Wednesday morning. The name of that program is taken from a line in a song called,  "Stormy Monday," by T-Bone Walker.

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