The Room Where Blues Was Born

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In the 1950s James McKune, an eccentric, white, middle-aged record collector, shaped what we think of today as the Delta blues - the great Southern black voices from the 20s and 30s of Robert Johnson, Son House, Skip James and Charley Patton.

In the first of two Sunday Features on the blues, the historian Marybeth Hamilton tells McKune's story and charts the connections between record collectors and the music of passion, despair and alienation that emerged from the Mississippi Delta and spread around the world.

With Greil Marcus, Luc Sante, Pete Whelan, Dick Spottswood and Morty Savada.