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The King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin

The King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin

Scott Joplin was one of the most influential musicians and composers in American history. The son of poor black workers in East Texas, he was instrumental in popularizing ragtime music, an early precursor to jazz. Despite his popularity, the critical success and acceptance he craved within classical music circles eluded him, and he died an early death in poverty and obscurity. Nearly 50 years would pass before he became recognized outside of the musical world for his influence on America's music and culture.

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