“OVERSEAS BLUES”: EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES ON BLACK MUSIC
A Conference at the University of Gloucestershire,
23rd-26th July 2004
Black musicians have found a wide audience in Europe for well over a century. The interest of Europeans in Black music, especially Blues and Jazz, is obvious through the publication of journals and magazines, and the continued sale of recordings. Performers as diverse as The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Paul Robeson, Sydney Bechet, Josephine Baker, Cy Grant and Big Bill Broonzy have all had enormous influence. How and why that should be so, and its effects are the subject of this conference organized by the University of Gloucestershire and European Blues Association.
The conference will focus on the spread and influence of Black music, particularly but not exclusively the Blues, from the Americas to Europe. It will also consider the response of the European audience. The significance of Europe as a base or location for black performers and recording artists, the influence of black music on European popular music and culture, and the contribution of European writers, such as Paul Oliver, David Horn, Charles Shaar Murray,Tony Russell, among others, to the study and development of black music will provide a central subject for discussion and examination.
The conference will include academic and non-academic papers, and include some performances. It will take place on the Oxstalls campus of the University of Gloucestershire and will proved a fitting lead-in to the Gloucester Blues Festival, which will begin the following week.
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