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.“Eleanor Traylor asserts that the ‘blues vision’ is the vision of modernity, just as the tragic vision was the vision of antiquity.  In the tragic tradition, the protagonist ends up mad, blind, castrated, or dead.  In the blues tradition, the protagonist descends into his pain, claims it and whatever lessons it holds, and then ascends to live again.

Stated another way, if Oedipus and his mother/wife had been contemporary blacks, she would not have hanged herself and he certainly would not have blinded himself.  (Lord knows there are already enough blind blues singers.)  Instead, he would have composed a foot-thumping (no pun intended), head-shaking refrain.  The son/husband and mother/wife would have cried and laughed about life’s ironies, bought each other drinks, and gone on about their business—the business of living.”

(Charles Frye, Editor’s IntroductionContributions in Black studies: a journal of African and Afro-American Studies, no. 6 1983-1984.  Hampshire, Mass.: Five College Black Studies Executive Committee)

Featured in a blues shack currently on exhibit are blues musician Charlie Musselwhite, ‘Blues Heroes Cards’ illustrated by cartoonist, R. Crumb, and items related to other popular blues musicians.

The Voices & Choices Center provides a selected annotated list of resources available in the library to augment the current blues exhibit.

This exhibit supports the Kutztown University Performing Artists Series' concert by blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite on Thursday, April 14, 2005.