Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Ed Giza

Ed GizaEd Giza’s interest in popular music, especially in the blues, comes to the forefront in his final project, “Everybody Talkin’ ‘Bout a Spoonful:  The Blues, from America to England and Back.”  His project traces the changes that this musical genre underwent in its journey from the Mississippi Delta to Chicago to England and back.  His discussion focuses primarily on the song “Spoonful” and the various incarnations that this song undergoes during the 1960s in the United States and England.  For those less familiar with this song, Ed included a CD along with his work.  Beginning with classical blues artists like Charley Patton and Muddy Waters, Ed then moves to more mainstream artists like The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, and Cream in his exploration of popular culture and the history of the blues in the twentieth century, particularly the decade of the 1960s.  Ed’s courses in music history, madness and creativity, Modernism, race and British popular culture contributed crucial information for the completion of his MALS degree and his final project.  Ed’s thorough and insightful analysis of the period and the music make for fascinating reading that pulls a single thread out of the complex tapestry of an era and a musical movement of great significance.