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pattyClink Have blacks rejected blues? (100* d) RE: Have blacks rejected blues? 08 Jan 11

While there is some interest in blues by black audiences in Mississippi, there is not as much as one would expect. The reason the kids play at the center in Clarksdale is there is such concern about this generation ditching the blues that there are special government art grants to conduct classes to be sure kids get exposure to their own heritage.

Delta blues was folk music, and like 'white' folk music, has been largely left behind by a population which is hell bent on fillin their ears with shiny pop crap. Fortunately there are still festivals and juke joints which carry the torch and a small population which values the 'real thing'. But it is worrisome and if you talk to any older blues musician they are quite concerned about how many will carry on after them.

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