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He got a job at a Chicago paper mill, bought his first electric guitar, plugged it into an amplifier and, you know, changed popular music forever. On a recent afternoon, I stopped to read the marking where Waters lived in a wooden shack on the Stovall Plantation outside Clarksdale that was his primary residence until he moved to Chicago.
I thought about the battle to deate Waters' home Cary first date Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood as a historic landmark. And how little effort beyond an annual music festival that Chicago leaders have made to keep the history of the blues alive in our town.
At that moment, it struck me that former Mayor Rahm Emanuel actually wanted Chicago taxpayers to foot the bill and give up lakefront land for a museum dedicated to "Star Wars" filmmaker George Lucas' curation of "narrative arts. While visiting Clarksdale, locals told me I'm not alone in my befuddlement Mississippi distance phone date ideas the brazen lack of respect for the electrified version of Delta Blues birthed in Chicago on Muddy Waters' guitar — and ripped off by Led Zeppelin and borrowed by the Rolling Stones and too many other rocker bands to count.
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Yeah, we had the first blues museum in the world in Clarksdale. That makes sense. But the second one should have been in Chicago, 'cause that's where all the musicians from here went," said Roger Stolle, a blues-loving promoter, tourism free Waco TX date, author, producer and owner of the Cat Head Delta Blues and Folk Art shop in Clarksdale, where I found him.
Michigan Avenue, the Chess Records building where all that music was recorded," Stolle said. It should be like Sun Studios [where Elvis recorded in Memphis] they pack 'em in there, it's a great tour.
Chess Records should be just like that. Every blues artist recorded there in the '50s and '60s. But it's not.
Crazy, just crazy. Like the estates of lesser blues legends, the house where Waters wrote hit songs including "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Mannish Boy" crumbled due to neglect.
Waters moved to suburban Westmont in Lake Park Drive in Kenwood, which had gone into foreclosure and onto the city's demolition list, marked with a red "X" as a structure not worth saving. Inthe Beaumont TX girl looking for husband Blues Museum started as a bunch of artifacts laid out in a school for a group of tourists who were coming through town.
The museum moved to a public library and, eventually, the renovated train depot where it is today. The plantation cabin where Waters lived was dismantled and taken on the road as a traveling museum of sorts before being deemed a blues artifact worthy dating Manchester NH services permanent home.
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In the '80s, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top made a guitar from one of the boards from the shack — "Muddywood," he called it — and sold it in an auction to benefit the Delta Blues Museum. Chicago bluesman Wayne Baker Brooks said the circus-like display made Rapids NY executive dating so angry, it inspired him to write a book, "Blues For Dummies.
People make pilgrimages to [Elvis'] Graceland," he said. All our history, the roots of all American music — and Elvis stole that music — and they uprooted Muddy Waters' house.
The blues don't get no respect, man. Saving Muddy Waters' house in Kenwood, well, it's a start, Brooks told me when we chatted on the phone after my visit to Clarksdale.
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Muddy changed music. When he plugged into a guitar amp, it turned into rock 'n' roll, and he has to be recognized by asexual dating Poughkeepsie NY own city," he said. A historical marker sits where the late blues legend Muddy Waters lived in a wooden shack on the Stovall Plantation outside Clarksdale, Mississippi, which was his primary residence until he moved to Chicago in Find out what's happening in Chicago with free, real-time updates from Patch.
And to think, our town isn't the sweet home of a museum preserving the legacy of Chicago Blues. Still, a museum honoring Muddy Waters could be a long way off. When it comes free online naughty Elkhart IN the blues, there never seems to be a rush to preserve the genre's history.
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