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Transatlantic Roots MusicFolk, Blues, and National Identities$
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Jill Terry and Neil A. Wynn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617032882

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617032882.001.0001

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Born in Chicago

Born in Chicago

The Impact of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band on the British Blues “Network,” 1964–1970

(p.179) 10 Born in Chicago
Transatlantic Roots Music

Andrew Kellett

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the response of the Chicago blues band led by Paul Butterfield to the British blues invasion and their appearance of greater musical authenticity than that of the British “invaders.” It argues that in the course of this rivalry British musicians stopped trying so hard to sound American and that, as a result, blues rock music truly became a transatlantic dialogue. By examining the mutually constitutive relationship between Butterfield’s band and the British bluesmen, the chapter addresses core issues such as authenticity, creativity, and identity construction, and seeks to explain the roles they played in this extraordinary cultural call-and-response.

Keywords:   Chicago blues bland, Paul Butterfield, British blues, musical authenticity, blues rock music

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