I was introduced to the blues years ago in an unusual manner– through the film The Blues Brothers. Though it was more focused on rhythm and blues than traditional blues, it featured a performance by John Lee Hooker playing “Boom Boom”, a record that showcases Hooker’s talent as a guttural, growling blues-man.
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There are a lot of reasons that Sam Cooke is still remembered, but there was no finer moment in his songwriting career than “A Change Is Gonna Come”, a song that became a watershed moment for the Civil Rights Movement. Inspired in part by Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ In The Wind”, Cooke took to writing his own protest song, one that would be much more ambitious and striking.
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