The Curses

John Jeremiah Sullivan

Winter 2017

In discussing twentieth century American popular music and its most essential genre, the blues, there have been two main channels for getting into the history, or, as we like to say, the roots, of that tradition. The first and more familiar involves the so-called “pre-war blues”—confusingly called so, if you stop to think, since the music referred to by that name was recorded between 1921 and about 1937; the term ought to be, “between-wars,” or entre deux guerres.

John Jeremiah Sullivan was born in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a writer for the New York Times Magazine and an editor at the Paris Review.

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