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Levine reads the Blues
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What do you notice when you listen to "Worry Blues"?

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What do you notice when you listen to "Two White Horses"?

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What other knowledge of music and history helps you to understand these songs?

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Lawrence Levine, Professor of History at George Mason University, received his Ph.D. from Columbia in 1962. Levine, formerly the Margaret Byrne Professor of History at Berkeley, is an internationally renowned interdisciplinary scholar whose work has focused on American culture. In 1983 he was one of the very first historians to be awarded a MacArthur Prize; most recently he served as President of the Organization of American Historians. Among his many books, probably the best known are Highbrow/Lowbrow: The Emergence of Cultural Hierarchy in America, Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom, and The Opening of the American Mind: Canons, Culture, and History.
"Worry Blues" (sung by Jesse Lockett)
(see transcript)
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"Two White Horses Standin' in Line" (sung by Smith Cason)

(see transcript)
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