Why Write About Music? Why Write About the Blues?

This is a blog created for the course Race, Chess Records, and the Blues. The posts are written by students in the course. Here, you will find their thoughts about Chess Records, the Chess Records and the many musicians who made records for the label. You will find commentary and criticism about the music of major Chicago Blues figures Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Willie Dixon, and others. These are the musicians who not only transformed the Delta Blues into the Chicago Blues, but they also revolutionized the world of popular music. From the blues grew rhythm and blues, rock’n’roll, Soul, and rock. Muddy Waters especially influenced such British musicians as John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, John Mayall, Jeff Beck, and countless others.

So, come on in. . . .