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Africana Studies: History of Black Music Culture

History of Black Music Culture

Books pertaining to the history of black music culture.

The Impact of Black Nationalist Ideology on American Jazz Music of the 1960s and 1970s by John D. Baskerville
ML3508 .B37 2003  Check Availability
Image:AfricanaStudies_History_TheImpactofBlackNationalistIdeology.jpg From :
"The purpose of this monograph is threefold: to explore the development of modern black nationalist thought of the 1960s and 1970s and locate it within the tradition of modern black nationalism and cultural revitalization that emerged during the early decades of the 20th century; to demonstrate how a group of musicians operating in the style of American jazz music referred to as the 'New Black Music' embraced the various tenets of modern black nationalism and attempted to put these ideas into practice in the production of their music; and to demonstrate how the study of music can be utilized effectively to enhance our understanding of cultural, political and social phenomena in American society."
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In Township Tonight!: South Africa's Black City Music and Theatre by David B. Coplan
ML350 .C66 1985  Check Availability
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"David B. Coplan’s pioneering social history of black South Africa’s urban music, dance, and theatre established itself as a classic soon after its publication in 1985. As the first substantial history of black performing arts in South Africa, In Township Tonight! was championed by a broad range of scholars and treasured by fans of South African music. Now completely revised, expanded, and updated, this new edition takes account of developments over the last thirty years while reflecting on the massive changes in South African politics and society since the end of the apartheid era."
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Blues People: Negro Music in White America by Imamu Amiri Baraka
ML3556 .B37 B58  Check Availability
Image:AfricanaStudies_BooksHistory_BluesPeople.jpg From :
"The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... [If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this certainly should be revealed by his characteristic music."
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Culture Clash: Dread Meets Punk Rockers by Don Letts and David Nobakht
TR140.L48 C85 2008  Check Availability
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“Vivid autobiography from the Grammy Award–winning filmmaker, friend of The Clash and Bob Marley, DJ and co-founder of Big Audio Dynamite.”—Observer Music Monthly
Don't Deny My Name: Words and Music and the Black Intellectual Tradition by Lorenzo Thomas
ML3479 .T56 2008  Check Availability
Image:AfricanaStudies_BooksHistory_Don'tDenyMyName.jpg From :
"Don't Deny My Name (which takes its title from a blues song by Jelly Roll Morton) begins by laying out the case that the blues is a body of literature that captured the experience of African American migrants to the urban North and newer territories to the West. The essays that follow collectively provide a tour of the movement through classic jazz, bop, and the explosions of the free jazz era, followed by a section on R&B and soul. The penultimate essay is a meditation on rap music that attempts to bring together the extremes of emotion that hip hop elicits, and the collection ends with an unfinished preface to the volume."
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Black American Music: Past and Present by Hildred Roach
ML3556 .R63 1985  Check Availability
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"Revised and expanded, this important text is designed to introduce the beginning scholar to various types of Pan-African music, from Africa to the Americas. With an emphasis upon the African American composer, this survey uses musical examples and illustrations to pinpoint beginning influences, the slave era, the emergence of the black professional, and contemporary trends. Discussions center upon classical and popular forms, and offer the music of William Grant Still alongside that of such jazz personalities as Edward (Duke) Ellington, Ferdinand (Jelly Roll) Morton, rap artist M. C. Hammer, and rock star Michael Jackson..."
Black Music by Gavin Petrie
ML385 .B53  Check Availability
Image:AfricanaStudies_History_BlackMusic.jpg‎ From the book jacket:
"Soul, reggae, jazz, blues, gospel, African music: here are the great stars of Black Music in all its color and excitement: James Brown, Ray Charles, Staple Singers, O'Jays, 3 Degrees, Chi Lites, Thom Bell, Bill Withers, Pointer Sisters, Barry White, Maytals, John Holt, Isley Brothers, Harold Melvin, Smokey Robinson, Stylistics, War, Al Green, Bobby Bland, Dandy Livingstone, Billy Preston."