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  • The New Blue Music: Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950-1999: American Made Music Series

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Richard J. Ripani
    • Narrated By Kenneth Lee
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    Rhythm & blues emerged from the African American community in the late 1940s to become the driving force in American popular music over the next half-century. Although sometimes called "doo-wop", "soul", "funk", "urban contemporary", or "hip-hop", R&B is actually an umbrella category that includes all of these styles and genres. It is in fact a modern-day incarnation of a musical tradition that stretches back to 19th-century America, and even further to African beginnings.

    Aaron says: "Very technical, dry and repetitive"
    "Very technical, dry and repetitive"
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    What would have made The New Blue Music: Changes in Rhythm & Blues, 1950-1999 better?

    This work is very much like an academic paper and the average listener will probably not enjoy listening, especially if you are not familiar with notes, chords, tempo and other music theory concepts. If you're looking for a technical and statistical analysis of the topic, then this might be useful to you. If you're looking for a narrative that examines the historical, social and cultural influences on development of R&B, you will be disappointed and bored.


    What didn’t you like about Kenneth Lee’s performance?

    The dry and repetitive narration is likely due in large part to the material, but it is dry and repetitive nonetheless. The narrator mispronounces the names of several of the more contemporary music groups.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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