African American Music and it\'s Influence on American Culture

They mainly associated with black people, distancing themselves from white society. One of the early figures in the white negro phenomenon was jazz musician Mezz Mezzrow, an American Jew born in 1899 who had declared himself a "voluntary Negro" by the 1920's. This movement influenced the hipsters of the 1940's and the beats of the 1950's.

The article presents an examination of the blues music of musician B. B. King in terms of how King reflected race relations and racial politics in the U.S. in the 1960's, a period when King became a commercially successful popular musician rather than a respected musician in a niche genre of popular music. This commercial success is attributed to a new popular



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