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V.21 No.32 | 8/9/2012
Charley Patton—father of the Delta blues

Music History

Delta Dawn

How Sears, Roebuck & Co. midwifed the birth of the blues

In the popular telling, Delta blues musicians were tragic figures, singing out for personal solace. Though romantic, this story ignores the spirit of the bluesman himself, and the commercial and technological advances of the early 1900s.

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