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Delta Blues and Culture

  • John C. Henshall
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Abstract

Blues music is an essential part of the social and economic environment of those with roots in the American South, and especially in the Mississippi Delta. It is a music genre now recognised universally.

Clarksdale holds a special place in Delta culture, and today the town and the surrounding region continue to reflect intrinsic components of the Blues heritage. This background provides the context for subsequent assessments in relation to the economic revitalisation of the downtown, especially the discussion concerning “creative people” and their contributions to economic development.

Today, the town is building a new and progressive outlook, embracing the music and the heritage, and moving towards a new era based on cultural tourism. Significant economic revitalisation is underway, supported by local individuals and with community involvement.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Henshall
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  1. 1.Essential Economics Pty LtdCarltonAustralia

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