Samuel Charters, Blues Hall of Fame 2011 Inductee

The Blues Foundation will be holding their annual Blues Hall of Fame induction on May 4, 2011. It’s part of their annual Blues Music Awards event. ¬†I would love to go to Memphis, Tennessee some day with Rosemary and be an active part of this event. So yes, this is a bucket list item for me ūüėČ

The Blues Hall of Fame Inductee who I am writing my daily blog post about is Samuel Charters.  I was conducting research for a future daily blog post about the Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughn In Session CD/DVD recording when I happened upon Samuel Charters name as the person who wrote the liner notes for this auspicious blues event.

I pride myself as an amateur ethnomusicologist. ¬†I graduated from the University of New Haven, minoring in music and ethnomusicology was my heart of hearts goal in 1974. I haven’t let go of staying in league with music study. I value music historians such as Alan Lomax and music journalists such as Peter Guralnick , Paul Oliver and Robert Palmer. It stands to reason that Samuel Charters would be on my radar screen as a blues music subject matter authority.

Samuel Charters (81 years young)  is being deservedly recognized for his vast contribution to the study and promotion of the blues music idiom. Samuel Charters has written seven books about the blues. He is also a noted subject matter authority on jazz and has written six titles about jazz.

His book The¬†Country Blues is a definitive publication that sews together the threads of blues history in a musical and cultural quilt. It was, in his words, ‚Äúan effort to force the white society to reconsider some of its racial attitudes,¬†although it was a cry for help‚ÄĚ for the blues artists.

What I find very fascinating is the contribution Samuel Charters, along with his wife Ann Charters have made to the legacy of music and literature. The Charters have collected substantive information about the blues, jazz, and African diaspora music. Ann is a noted subject matter authority on the Beat Generation which is another developing interest of mine. She wrote the first Jack Kerouac biography (which received co-operation from Kerouac himself).

Ann Charters is  a professor of American Literature at UCONN. Please take note of her illustrious curriculum vitae. http://english.uconn.edu/directory/uploads/cvs/charters.pdf

Samuel and Ann Charters split their time today between Sweden where they live (they grew disenchanted with the American political landscape and who could blame them) and the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. They have unselfishly donated several large collections to UCONN’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center for ongoing¬†scholarly¬†research.

I plan to spend some quality time researching a book I want to write at this facility. I can’t wait to pour through their exhaustive collection.¬†Samuel and Ann Charters Archive of Blues and Vernacular African American Musical Culture

Thank you Ann and Samuel Charters for your devotion to the preservation of arts and literature! You enhance scholarly pursuit of the origins of music and the beat generation with very skillful detail.


WordPress Blogging Tools

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As I increase my blogging expertise I continue to discover blogging tools of merit.

The first blogging tool I would like to share with you is Zemanta. Zemanta is an extension to Google Chrome and Firefox. When you are working inside of your WordPress account creating a blog, Zemanta activates alongside and underneath your blog post. Zemanta adds great value as it saves you opening another browser tab to find an image for your post. Zemanta provides images for you to choose from as thumbnails. It also simplifies the hyperlink option by providing a nice list of suggested hyperlinks based upon the text of your flowing blog post.

The second blogging tool that I am rejuvenated about is Windows Live Writer, which I am using to create this blog post :). Windows Live Writer is a well written blogging front end tool that interprets form and function on behalf of the blogger. As I test and utilize the newest edition of Windows Live Writer I will share back here what I have discovered.

The great news is that you can use Zemanta and Windows Live Writer together! Zemanta has a Windows Live Writer PlugIn.

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Apple’s iPad – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

“The revolution will not be televised” – Gil Scott-Heron

“The revolution will not be re-run brothers; The revolution will be live.”

The revolution is taking place on Apple’s iPad display device. Adobe and Wired Magazine have partnered to deliver a radical digital interactive magazine that transforms publishing and the magazine experience.

Read the Wired Magazine article, then if you own an iPad or can get access to one I encourage you to interact with this revolutionary Wired Magazine app.


“To infinity and beyond” – Buzz Lightyear

 The revolution will be no re-run brothers;