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Writer says blues clubs faked for tourists
"The 'con'' game has all the players: So-called 'operators,'' 'ropers,' 'insiders' and 'shills' act in cahoots to fleece unsuspecting 'marks' of their hard-earned money. This is what's become of Chicago's blues scene, argues a University of Pennsylvania assistant sociology professor.
" 'The production of Chicago blues music is like a confidence game,' said David Grazian at a forum Friday at the University of Chicago's Cultural Policy Center. Those involved in the production of the scheme are guilty of 'deception and guile.'
"Grazian, a New York native, recently released a paper on the topic in an academic journal. He is also author of the book, Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs