Instructions: Answer four essay questions using NO MORE than 350 words (3-5 paragraphs) for each. You must refer to at least one assigned reading and use at least one specific song example in each essay. Make sure to identify any assigned readings you use by author name and title. If you use a quotation from the reading, provide the page number. Use complete sentences with a clear and direct style, correct grammar and spelling, and terms from the course where appropriate. Format your answers to be double-spaced, using a 12-point common font (Arial, Times, etc.), with no more than 1-inch margins.
1. Why did young British musicians in the early 1960s find it compelling to imitate American electric blues, and how did they turn this hybrid style into “rock” by the late 1960s?
3. Describe the process by which gospel music morphed into “soul” in the 1950s and 1960s, and what elements of the blues contributed to the success of that transformation?
5. Early rock ’n’ roll (Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Elvis Presley) borrowed heavily from the blues, particularly the rhythm and blues style of the 1940s. In what specific ways did early rock ’n’ roll borrow from blues, and in what ways did it differ?
6. Why did many white, college-age Americans in the early 1960s consider blues to be a style of folk music, rather than popular music, and which musical elements of the blues were important to this transition?
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