Sunday, April 3, 2016

St. Louis Blues


It's been years in the making. The National Blues Museum opened in downtown STL yesterday and it was worth the wait. It is a block and a half from my office so your faithful photoblogger showed up. The place is just spectacular.

The museum takes you on a walk through the history and styles of the blues, from the call-and-response field hollers of slave laborers on Southern plantations, across the south and up the riverways to Memphis, St. Louis and Chicago, to both coasts and around the world. There are exhibits about how it blended with country and western music and then, in the hands of our own Chuck Berry, created rock and roll. (Did you know that rock and roll was hatched in St. Louis? Chuck Berry is a native and life-long resident.) All the major musicians are featured as the exhibits take us to the present. Remember that the Rolling Stones were originally just an electric blues band. The corridors end at a room covering the active blues scene around our city.

A few more pictures to come - it was awfully crowded. If you find yourself in this part of the world you owe it to yourself to visit.



5 comments:

s.c said...

I have seen some blues museums along the missisippi and a lot of the names there I knew. I am now wondering about St.Louis.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Oh I would Bob, the blues are one of my favourite musical genres.

Sharon Anck said...

My dad would have love visiting here.

cieldequimper said...

Oh I would so love this. And like Sharon, my Dad would too!

And that happens to be one of my favourites: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9sE4B-Nm3I

William Kendall said...

I would love to visit there!