Re: RARA-AVIS: Re:Hardboiled Music

From: Juri Nummelin (
Date: 17 Apr 2000

R Gough wrote:

> I've been reading the suggestions for a "hardboiled"
> music type with interst. I've come to associate Blues
> music as at least capturing something of the ethos of
> what "hardboiled" means. Not any specific genre of
> blues music but blues music in general. Whether it's
> an acoustic slide guitar delta blues number or an
> amplified Chicago blues creation. I can often hear a
> little Stevie Ray Vaughn as I read a hardboiled novel.

You're right, but I'd classify only original black blues as hardboiled, since it was born out of violence and attempts to be a man. The white blues has just been a little too, well, cozy for me. They play too well to be truly incorporated into the bad hardboiled world.


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