♥ Book Title : Blues People
☯ Full Synopsis : ""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." So says Amiri Baraka in the Introduction to Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, musical, economic, and cultural history. From the music of African slaves in the United States through the music scene of the 1960's, Baraka traces the influence of what he calls "negro music" on white America -- not only in the context of music and pop culture but also in terms of the values and perspectives passed on through the music. In tracing the music, he brilliantly illuminates the influence of African Americans on American culture and history."Article| Leroi Jones| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : What the Music Said
☯ Full Synopsis : "First Published in 1999. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company."Article| Mark Anthony Neal| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Digging
☯ Full Synopsis : ""As a commentator on American music, and African American music in particular, Baraka occupies a unique niche. His intelligence, critical sense, passion, strong political stances, involvement with musicians and in the musical world, as well as in his community, give his work a quality unlike any other. As a reviewer and as someone inside the movement, he writes powerfully about music as few others can or do."—Steven L. Isoardi, author of Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles "Every jazz musician who has endured beyond changing fashions and warring cultures has had a signature sound. Amiri Baraka—from the very beginning of his challenging, fiery presence on the jazz scene—has brought probing light, between his off-putting thunderclaps, on what is indeed America's classical music. I sometimes disagree insistently with Amiri, and it's mutual; but when he gets past his parochial pyrotechnics, as in choruses in this book, he brings you into the life force of this music."—Nat Hentoff, author of The Jazz Life"Article| Amiri Baraka| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Race Music
☯ Full Synopsis : "Traces the history of African-American music from bebop to hip-hop, discussing how the African-American experience has often been chronicled through various forms of music."Article| Guthrie P. Ramsey| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Black Talk
☯ Full Synopsis : "Black music - whether it be jazz, blues, R&B, gospel, or soul - has always expressed, consciously or not, its African "oral" heritage, reflecting conditions of a minority culture in the midst of a white majority. Black Talk is one of the rare books since Leroi Jones's Blues People to examine the social function of black music in the diaspora; it sounds the depths of experience and maps the history of a culture from the jazz age to the revolutionary outbursts of the 1960s. Ben Sidran finds in Buddy Bolden's loud and hoarse cornet style, the call and response between brass and reeds in a swing band, the emotionalism of gospel, the primitivism of Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Milford Graves, and the cool ethic of bebop, radical challenges to the Western, white, literary tradition. "The musician is the document," says Sidran. "He is the information itself. The impact of stored information is transmitted not through records or archives, but through the human response to life.""Article| Ben Sidran| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The music
☯ Full Synopsis : "The acclaimed author of Blues People and Black Music returns to the subject of music for the first time in two decades with this collection of essays on the history of jazz and blues, as well as critical comments on today's top performers. Black-and-white photographs."Article| Imamu Amiri Baraka| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Death of Rhythm & Blues
☯ Full Synopsis : "The classic history of modern black music from "the best black writer writing about black music in America" ("Newsweek"). This passionate and provocative book tells the complete story of black music in the last 50 years, and in doing so outlines the perilous position of black culture within white American society."Article| Nelson George| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Home
☯ Full Synopsis : "Essays of the 1960s by a prominent African American voice who “demands rights—not conditional favors” (The New York Times Book Review). Amiri Baraka, also known as LeRoi Jones, was known not only as a poet, playwright, and founder of the Black Arts movement, but also as one of the most provocative voices of the civil rights era and beyond. These pieces, which span the years from 1960 to 1965, cover subjects ranging from Cuba to Malcolm X to street protests and soul food, and are accompanied by the author’s new introduction from 2009."Article| LeRoi Jones| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Fiction of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka
☯ Full Synopsis : "Here, for the first time under one cover, is the collected fiction of one of America's greatest writers. LeRoi Jones, later known as Amiri Baraka, may be most famous for his plays, poetry, and music writings; nut his one published novel, The System of Dante's Hell (1965), his book of short stories, Tales (1967), and his previously unpublished novel 6 Persons (1973-74) give ample evidence that his fiction may even exceed his other work in complexity, invention, confessional recklessness, and contribution to issues of black identity. This volume includes all three of these masterpieces, and supplements them with four previously uncollected stories. Jones's fiction, which shares the acute self-consciousness, autobiographical tendencies, and restlessness of Beat writing, also maintains an uncompromising attitude towards sex and violence: The System of Dante's Hell was banned when first published because of its graphic depiction of homosexual acts. Poetic, provocative, witty, bitter, and aggressive, this book contains some of the most astonishing writing to emerge from a convulsive periods in African American history"Article| Amiri Baraka| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : A Change is Gonna Come
☯ Full Synopsis : "". . . extraordinarily far-reaching. . . . highly accessible." -Notes "No one has written this way about music in a long, long time. Lucid, insightful, with real spiritual, political, intellectual, and emotional grasp of the whole picture. A book about why music matters, and how, and to whom." -Dave Marsh, author of Louie, Louie and Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story "This book is urgently needed: a comprehensive look at the various forms of black popular music, both as music and as seen in a larger social context. No one can do this better than Craig Werner." -Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University "[Werner has] mastered the extremely difficult art of writing about music as both an aesthetic and social force that conveys, implies, symbolizes, and represents ideas as well as emotion, but without reducing its complexities and ambiguities to merely didactic categories." -African American Review A Change Is Gonna Come is the story of more than four decades of enormously influential black music, from the hopeful, angry refrains of the Freedom movement, to the slick pop of Motown; from the disco inferno to the Million Man March; from Woodstock's "Summer of Love" to the war in Vietnam and the race riots that inspired Marvin Gaye to write "What's Going On." Originally published in 1998, A Change Is Gonna Come drew the attention of scholars and general readers alike. This new edition, featuring four new and updated chapters, will reintroduce Werner's seminal study of black music to a new generation of readers. Craig Werner is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and author of many books, including Playing the Changes: From Afro-Modernism to the Jazz Impulse and Up Around the Bend: An Oral History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. His most recent book is Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul."Article| Craig Hansen Werner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Black nationalism and the revolution in music
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♥ Book Title : African American Music
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Article| Nathan Tate Davis| Statement ..."