Though its champions insist the blues will never die, they know better than anyone that its survival rests on semantics—blues festivals nowadays celebrate "roots" music in general, much of it of only passing interest to 1960s purists who went hunting door to door for elderly bluesmen they recognized as a vanishing species. Jazz, too, has been threatened with extinction for quite some time now, though the double whammy usually cited as probable cause—a diminished audience and a dearth of household names—might not prove as fatal as the common wisdom that innovation ceased... More >>>