Are Rock and Blues Cousins?

“Thus, despite rock’s claim to have arisen from the blues, its character differs decisively from that of the older and, to Pattison’s mind, less vulgar genre. While rock deals with may of the same themes as the blues, sex and alcohol prominent among them, it approaches them with a ‘passionate intensity’ that naturally follows from its intellectual confinement to the realm of mere sensation and is far removed from the detachment and irony of the blues” [Carson Holloway, All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics (Dallas: Spence Publishing, 2001), p. 16].

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