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Afro-Futurism: The Musicians
This guides leads to resources for researching the music genre of Afro-futurism in literature, music and film.
According to Wikipedia: "The Afrofuturist approach to music was first propounded by Sun Ra. Born in Alabama, Sun Ra's music coalesced in Chicago in the mid-1950s, when with the Arkestra he began recording music that drew from hard bop and modal sources, creating a new synthesis that used Afrocentric and space-themed titles to reflect Ra's linkage of ancient African culture, specifically Egypt, and the cutting edge of the Space Age."
Space Is the Place : the lives and times of Sun Ra by John F. SzwedSun Ra, a.k.a. Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount (1914#150;1993), has been hailed as "one of the great big-band leaders, pianists, and surrealists of jazz" (New York Times) and as "the missing link between Duke Ellington and Public Enemy" (Rolling Stone). Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, Sun Ra led his "Intergalactic Arkestra" of thirty-plus musicians in a career that ranged from boogie-woogie and swing to be-bop, free jazz, fusion, and New Age music. This definitive biography reveals the life, philosophy, and musical growth of one of the twentieth century's greatest avant-garde musicians.
George Edward Clinton (born July 22, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, bandleader, and record producer. He is a major figure in the Afrofuturism movement. There are several video recordings of George Clinton at Berklee, including DVD 5008 and DVD 5020, which can be requested by appointment at the Stan Getz Library Main Desk.
George Clinton and P-Funk by Dave MarshA multi-volume oral history of rock and soul music: a bookshelf full of first person accounts that take you backstage, behind the scenes, into the innermost thoughts of the people who shaped the music that changed the world.
Call Number: ML420.C556 M5 1998
Publication Date: 1998-06-01
The Best of George Clinton (piano, vocal, guitar score) by Charles C. CarterAtomic dog -- One nation under a grove -- P-Funk (Wants to get funked up) -- Give up the funk (Tear the roof off the sucker) -- (Not just) Knee deep -- The story of P-Funk -- P-Funk discography -- George Clinton sample list -- Mothership connection (Star child) -- Flashlight -- Chocolate city -- Freak of the week -- Standing on the verge of getting it on.
Call Number: Stan Getz Library Stacks MP1630.C556 B4
Publication Date: 1998-12-01
George Clinton and his Gangsters of Love by George ClintonSong Titles: Ain't that peculiar Never gonna give you up Mathematics of love Let the good times roll (feat. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kim Manning and George Clinton) -- Pledging my love -- Gypsy woman It's all in the game Heart trouble Our day will come Sway A thousand miles away -- Heaven ; As is ; Stillness in motion ; Fever.
The ArchAndroid by Janelle MonaeSong Titles: Suite II overture -- Dance or die Faster -- Locked inside -- Sir Greendown -- Cold war -- Tightrope Neon gumbo -- Oh, maker -- Come alive (The war of the roses) -- Mushrooms & roses -- Suite III overture -- Neon valley street -- Make the bus Wondaland -- 57821 Say you'll go -- Babopbyeya.