* BLUES AND BALLADS *


In 1984 Frederick Jameson, writing about legitimation in his forward to the English translation of Jean-François Lyotard’s The Post Modern Condition, identified in his [Lyotard’s] perspective, “the way in which narrative is affirmed, not merely as a significant new field of research, but well beyond that as a central instance of the human mind and a mode of thinking fully as legitimate as that of abstract knowledge.”

 Narrative, or storytelling, an alternative to the scientific approach, which for at least the last century has been historically more favorable to capitalism, is fundamental to the music of the Afro American. The musician and author Ben Sidran argues, in his book Black Talk (1971), that the oral culture of the Afro American, exemplified in the Blues, stood, in times of great cultural suppression, as a radical alternative to the values of the Western literary tradition. Sidran claims that [Black music] “ was an act of physical, emotional, and social commitment . . . thus not escapist in nature, as was most popular culture during the past two centuries, but was a direct reflection of the combined experiences of many individuals, all of them grounded in reality." Of course this theoretical point of view is no longer tenable, it was almost certainly very much history when he presented it, but as history I believe it has value.

Lyotard’s theory is now  more or less assimilated, not least in the field of contemporary art, where, for the last decade, the uses of narrative as methodology have been a  necessary detail in the service of most global agencies of power: academic, political and financial. From individuals like Gillian Wearing in the early 1990s to the almost meta-narrativisation of narratives in the 2002 Documenta; where 5 ‘platforms’ that were “devised as committed, discursive, public interventions, and enacted within distinct communities around themes conceived to probe the contemporary problematics and possibilities of art, politics, and society” foregounded the ‘voice’ of minorities and other previously unheard individuals and societies. One of these platforms, described as “Experiments with Truth: Transitional Justice and The Processes of Truth and Reconciliation,” took place in New Delhi, India; another: Creolité and Creolization, that took place in St Lucia, included the narratives that are very much, along with other previously repressed epistemologies, methodologies and ontology's, now acceptable and even encouraged for the implementation of the (not so) new globalisation of power. In other words: The Blues is dead, long live the Blues.  


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DON'T START ME TALKING
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON
SPOONFUL 
HOWLIN' WOLF
CHAINS OF LOVE
JOE TURNER
WHAT WILL I TELL MY HEART
PHIL PHILLIPS
MAD MAN BLUES
JOHN LEE HOOKER
ROSIE
C. B.
ALL OF ME
LOUIS ARMSTRONG & HIS ORCH.
GOLD MANSION BLUES
ELZADIE ROBINSON
MANISH BOY
MUDDY WATERS
GEORGIA ON MY MIND
RAY CHARLES
I'M A MAN
MUDDY WATERS
WINE, WOMEN, WHISKEY
PAPA LIGHTFOOT
I'M TOO POOR TO DIE
LOUISIANA RED
THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU SPEAK
AL KING
BABY I DON'T CRY OVER YOU
BILLIE HOLIDAY
DEATH LETTER BLUES
JIMMY YANCEY
TIMES ARE GETTING TOUGHER THAN TOUGH
JIMMY WITHERSPOON
GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT
JIMMY WITHERSPOON
COUNTY JAIL SPECIAL
CHAMPION JACK DUPREE
WATCH THAT JIVE
JOE TURNER
JUST PLAIN TIRED
JOE HILL LOUIS & HIS BOYS
TRAMP
LOWELL FULSOM
MESSING WITH THE KID
JUNIOR WELLS
SUGAR BABE
BUSTER BROWN
ALL I WANT IS MY TRAIN FARE HOME
POOR JOE WILLIAMS
IRENE
LEADBELLY
SEND ME YOUR PILLOW
JOHN LEE HOOKER
LOST
JERRY BUTLER
LITTLE BOY
THE REVEREND KELSEY
IT AIN'T RIGHT
CHICK WILLIS
DONE SOMEBODY WRONG
ELMORE JAMES
BLUE SPIRIT BLUES
BESSIE SMITH
IF I GET LUCKY
ARTHUR "BIG BOY" CRUDUP
MEAN MISTREATIN' MAMA
ELMORE JAMES
FATTENING FROGS FOR SNAKES
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON
MONEY IS GETTING CHEAPER
JIMMY WITHERSPOON
IRENE
GUITAR GABLE
NO MORE DOGGIN'
JOHN LEE HOOKER
TRAVELIN' TO CALIFORNIA
ALBERT KING
MOVE BACK TO THE WOODS
WALTER DAVIS
  WHISKEY AND WIMMEN
JOHN LEE HOOKER
I CAN'T QUIT YOU BABY
OTIS RUSH
KILLING FLOOR
HOWLIN' WOLF
I FOUND THAT WOMAN
JIMMY McCRACKLIN WITH HIS BLUES BLASTERS
NINETY NINE
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON
BABY WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO
JIMMY REED
PAWN SHOP BLUES
SONNY TERRY AND BROWNIE McGHEE
BORN UNDER A BAD SIGN
ALBERT KING
GONNA TAKE MY RAP
JAZZ GILLUM
I USED TO BE YOUR SWEET MAMA
BESSIE SMITH
NOBODY KNOWS YOU WHEN YOUR DOWN AND OUT
BESSIE SMITH
BAD DREAM BLUES
ARBEE STIDHAM
DISSATISFIED
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON
MY LOVE WILL NEVER DIE
OTIS RUSH
HUSH HUSH
JIMMY REED
21 DAYS IN JAIL
MAGIC SAM
YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE
ROY HAMILTON
I'M JUST A COUNTRY BOY
SAM COOKE
WILD ABOUT MY BABY
SLIM HARPO
MY OWN FAULT
B. B. KING
AS LONG AS I HAVE YOU
LITTLE WALTER
THE SUN IS SHINING
ELMORE JAMES
MONEY IS THE NAME OF THE GAME
BUSTER BENTON
SOMEDAY SWEETHEART
EARL WILLIAMS
HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN
FREDDY KING
I FOUND MY BABY
RAY CHARLES
TOMORROW NIGHT
LONNIE JOHNSON
TEN LONG YEARS
B. B. KING
INTO EACH LIFE SOME RAIN MUST FALL
INK SPOTS AND ELLA FITZGERALD
HARD TIME BLUES
IDA COX
DAY BREAKING BLUES
SWEET PEASE SPIVEY
BLUES OH BLUES
MA RAINEY
DON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH ME
IVORY JOE HUNTER
THE GIN HOUSE BLUES
BESSIE SMITH
RECONSIDER BABY
LOWELL FULSON
ONE MAN'S MAD
MEMPHIS SLIM
I WANT TO TALK TO YOU
JOHN LEE HOOKER
GROUND HOG BLUES
JOHN LEE HOOKER
LONG LONELY NIGHTS
CLYDE McPHATTER
RIVER'S INVITATION
PERCY MAYFIELD
YOU NEED LOVE
MUDDY WATERS
LONELY LONELY ME
LONESOME SUNDOWN
GUESS WHO
JESSE BELVIN
SNAP YOUR FINGERS
JOE HENDERSON
AM I BLUE
BILLIE HOLIDAY
DO YOUR DUTY
BESSIE SMITH
AUTUMN LEAVES
LITTLE WILLIE JOHN
COMBINATION BOOGIE
J. B. & HIS HAWKS
P. D. Q. BLUES
EVA TAYLOR
I GOT THE BLUES
EDDY GILES
I AIN'T SUPERSTITIOUS
HOWLIN' WOLF
WALKING THE BLUES
JACK DUPREE AND MR. BEAR
EMPTY BED BLUES
BESSIE SMITH
I DON'T KNOW
WILLIE MABON
SHAKE YOUR MONEY MAKER
 ELMORE JAMES
PRETTY THING
BO DIDDLEY
TIP ON IN
SLIM HARPO
I'M CONFESSIN'
BUBBER JOHNSON
DIMPLES
JOHN LEE HOOKER
HOTEL BLUES
EDDIE BOYD
LONESOME GRAVEYARD
JOE TURNER
YOUR FUNERAL & MY TRIAL
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON
P.  M.  BLUES
PERCY MAYFIELD
BOOM BOOM
JOHN LEE HOOKER
LEAVE MY GIRL ALONE
BUDDY GUY
THE STEEL MILL BLUES
LITTLE RICHARD EARL
DON'T LOOK BACK
JOHN LEE HOOKER
YOU'RE TOO FAST
LIGHTNIN' HOPKINS
STILL A FOOL
MUDDY WATERS
SINCE I MET YOU BABY
IVORY JOE HUNTER
DUST MY BROOM
ELMORE JAMES
DUST MY BLUES
ELMORE JAMES
LONESOME CHRISTMAS (PART 1)
 LOWELL FULSON
DRINKIN' WINE SPO-DEE-O-DEE
'STICKS' McGHEE AND HIS BUDDIES
NINE BELOW ZERO
CLIFF JACKSON & THE NATURALS
FANNIE MAE
BUSTER BROWN
MY BABE
LITTLE WALTER
DREAMS
B. B. KING
LITTLE THINGS YOU DO
SAM COOK
HOMEWORK
OTIS RUSH
IT AIN'T RIGHT
LITTLE WALTER
DISSATISFIED WOMAN
BROWNIE McGHEE & HIS JOOK BLOCK BUSTERS
YOUR OLD ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND
LIGHTNIN' SLIM
PLEDGING MY LOVE
JOHNNY ACE
MY HOME IS A PRISON
LONESOME SUNDOWN
FINE LITTLE MAMA
ELMORE JAMES
I DONE WOKE UP
 LOUISIANA RED
DON'T MESS UP A GOOD THING
 FONTELLA BASS & BOBBY McCLURE
TALKING WOMAN
LOWELL FULSOM
THINK
JIMMY McCRACKLIN
HONEST I DO
JIMMY REED
SHAME SHAME SHAME
JIMMY REED
ROCK ME BABY
B B KING
I'M A KING BEE
SLIM HARPO
HARD TIMES
TEDDY WASHINGTON
IT'S A MAN DOWN THERE
G L CROCKETT
GOT TO HAVE SOME
WILLIE MABON
I SING UM THE WAY I FEEL
J B LENOIR AND HIS AFRICAN HUNCH RHYTHM
SOMETHING INSIDE OF ME
ELMORE JAMES
DON'T START CRYING NOW
SLIM HARPO
I'M GONNA TELL YOUR MOTHER
JIMMY McCRACKLIN
BRING IT ON HOME
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON
THINK IT OVER
B B KING
LATE LATE IN THE EVENING
LAZY LESTER
HELP ME
SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON
YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY
GENE ALLISON
TELL ME WHAT I'VE DONE
HOWLIN' WOLF
TROUBLE BLUES
FATS DOMINO
 TALK TO ME, TALK TO ME
LITTLE WILLIE JOHN
TROUBLE BLUES
CHARLES BROWN
GOODNIGHT MY LOVE
JESSE BELVIN
WIN YOUR LOVE FOR ME 
SAM COOKE
JUST A LITTLE BIT
ROSCO GORDON
THE GREAT GRANDFATHER
BO DIDDLEY
 BOOGIE CHILLUN
JOHN LEE HOOKER
I WANT TO KNOW PART 1
LOWELL FULSON
 WILD CHERRY
LEROY WASHINGTON
 BIG BLUE DIAMONDS
CLINT WEST
 SMOKESTACK LIGHTNIN'
HWLIN' WOLF
I FOUND OUT FOR MYSELF
ARBEE STIDHAM
THE JOKER
BILLY MYLES
YOU SEND ME
SAM COOKE
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GOOD  ON  BOTH SIDES
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MIDNIGHT HOUR BLUES
LEROY CARR
BLUES BEFORE SUNRISE
LEROY CARR
EARLY MORNING BLUES
BOOGIE JAKE
BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE
BOOGIE JAKE
 

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