Nice article about Scott Joplin, who pretty much invented ragtime music. Enjoy!
Edited to add: As requested by the author, I am adding the blog name (History Imagined, as linked below) and her name, Linda Bennett Pennell.
As a life-long amateur musician interested in musicology, I was surprised to see the subject of today’s post listed in the New York Times as being overlooked by history. It is hard to understand how such a seminal figure in the history of American popular music could be considered relatively unknown, but apparently such is the case. So in an effort to correct that error, it must be said that before Louis Armstrong, before Duke Ellington, before Count Basie, before Cab Calloway, before jazz, before rock and roll, before hip hop and rap, there was the King of Ragtime, Scott Joplin.
He and his music have been featured in a best-selling novel, Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, and in movies such as The Sting, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Even if his name is unfamiliar, at some point most people have surely heard his wonderful syncopated rhythms featured in…
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