PAINTING THE TOWN BLUE

A NEW CROP OF YOUNG ROCKERS IS DISCOVERING THAT FOR ANGST AND EXISTENTIAL MISERY, THERE'S NOTHING QUITE LIKE THE BLUES

"You've taken my blues and gone," the poet Langston Hughes once lamented. Well, Langston, you wouldn't believe where rock performers are trying to take your precious blues in the '90s. British guitarist Eric Clapton's prim but praiseworthy blues album From the Cradle has sold 3 million copies so far, and he's starting the second leg of his successful concert tour in August. Dan Aykroyd, who donned dark glasses to become one of the Blues Brothers on TV show Saturday Night Live and in movies, now helps run the House of Blues, a Hard Rock Cafe-style restaurant chain that features blues-inspired live...

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