The Life and Music of Freddie King

Christian M. McFarland

This thesis explores the life and music of blues guitarist Freddie King. The Introduction to the thesis chronicles my interest in the music of Freddie King. The first chapter chronicles King’s prolific early career anddelineates influences and his musical aesthetic. The second chapter explains Freddie King’s crossover success in the context of the blues revival movement of the middle 1960s. The third chapter takes an in depth look at Freddie King’s use of rhythm and metric dissonance with examples from the instrumental tune “Sidetracked,” while chapters four and five are in-depth interviews with a Texas music scholar and notable blues author.

The Life and Music of Freddie King

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