Choose one of the topics below.
• In what context was the term “rhythm and blues” first used? In what ways was jump blues connected to earlier swing era jazz? How was electric blues to delta blues, and how did it influence rock styles that emerged in later decades? What connected blues shouters to 1950s rock ’n’ roll?
• Explain the honky-tonk style of country music: What mades its sound unique, and what made the content of its song lyrics socially relevant? What gave bluegrass a distinct and unique sound in the context of post-war country music?
• How did Elvis Presley’s performance style relate to black R&B culture, and how did he help to create rockabilly? In what ways was Chuck Berry an essential architect of rock ‘n roll? How did Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley help to break down the racial barriers that existed in American popular music