The Power of Black Music
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The Power of Black Music : Interpreting its History from Africa to the United States

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The Power of Black Music offers a new way of listening to the music of black America, and appreciating its profound contribution to all American music. Striving to break down the barriers that remain between high art and low art, it illuminates the centuries-old linkage between the music, myths and rituals of Africa and the continuing evolution and enduring vitality of African-American music. Inspired by the pioneering work of Sterling Stuckey and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the author, advocates a new critical approach grounded in the forms and traditions of the music itself.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 453.59g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 halftone, music examples
  • 0195109759
  • 9780195109757
  • 1,179,344

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Bold and original, 'The Power of Black Music' offers a new way of listening to the music of black America and appreciating its profound contribution to all American music. Striving to break down the barriers that remain between high art and low art, it brilliantly illuminates the centuries-old linkage between the music, myths, and rituals of Africa and the continuing evolution and enduring vitality of African-American music.show more

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"Diligently traces the history of Black music--its African influences and evolution."--Emerge"Dares to take on the whole span of black musical history."--Chicago Tribune"Important...An exceptionally erudite and thoroughly readable work."--I.S.A.M. Newsletter"Impressive."--Booklistshow more

About Samuel A. Floyd

Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. is Director of the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago. He is also the editor of Black Music in the Harlem Rennaissance.show more

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