Posts Tagged: Scott Joplin

America Again

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I felt urgently that it was the moment to tell the story of what I’ve learned about American music—or maybe about being an American.

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Song of the Day: “Memphis Blues”

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The story goes that up-and-coming composer W.C. Handy, an admirer of Scott Joplin and John Philip Sousa, was waiting at a small-town train station somewhere in the Mississippi Delta in 1903 when he happened to overhear a man playing the guitar. The man stroked his knife against the strings, creating a ghostly, keening sound unlike anything […]

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