Blues the most important genre in American musical history?

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  1. cantstoplt021

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    Forgive my American music history knowledge, but would you say the blues is the most important genre in American music? It seems like practically every thing stems from the blues. Thoughts?
     
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    One of the three most, never mind that it's the one I love most, but it also did seed jazz, one of the other three.
     
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    The Blues influenced Jazz, Country, and Rock. It also influenced R&B and it's various sub genres.
     
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    Blues was a mix of folk music from Africa, and folk music from Europe as filtered through the rural American South, which could be loosely described as early country music. And later blues was combined with country music as rock and roll developed. But the earliest examples of rock and roll came out of the R&B charts, and music that was a combination of blues and jazz--though jazz itself was heavily influenced by blues. So it's not really that simple, and you certainly have to include that early country music along with blues. Much music does stem from the blues, but not in a vacuum.
     
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    Rock and Roll is our most important genre. The combo of white and black. Country plus blues. Both sides of the tracks. They combine to form Rock and Roll
     
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    Heavy Metal is British in origin, but also traces it's origins to the Blues.

    I would agree that American Blues is the root of so many genres that it gets my vote for most important American genre.
     
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    I'd have to say yes that blues is the most important genre. I don't think there would be jazz, rock and roll, heavy metal, or country(as we know it) without blues.
     
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    This^
     
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    You think metal is British? I'm guessing Sabbath?

    I'd lean to Blue Cheer but I'm not 100% convinced.
     
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    Depends on what you mean by "important" I would think, but blues, along with jazz and county/western (and what about pop?) would certainly be in the conversation.
     
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    It's definitely bro country.
     
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    Musicologically speaking, both blues and jazz are combinations of European and African elements, but jazz did not come from blues. Rather, blues and jazz share some of the same Africanisms.

    That is the point of view put forth by John Storm Roberts in his book "Black Music of Two Worlds." It makes sense to me.
     
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    This is very interesting. I, as well as many, think of jazz as an expansion of blues.

    I love musicology. I took quite a bit of it, including ethnomuiscology, in college. Fascinating stuff.
     
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    No.
    Rock and Roll defined the American culture.

    Jazz? That's where all the musicians start together, then all play different songs and see if they can end together.
     
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    One of the more ignorant things I've read on TGP today and thats saying alot.
     
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    One of my favorite bits from the office.
     

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