African-American Musicians

African-American Musicians

by Claudette Hegel
     
 

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African Americans-famous and anonymous alike-have helped shape popular musical genres ranging from jazz and blues to rock 'n' roll and rap. This book provides a vivid account of that process, beginning with the work songs and spirituals of slaves and continuing up to the present.

African-American Musicians tells the stories of figures such as bluesman Robert

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African Americans-famous and anonymous alike-have helped shape popular musical genres ranging from jazz and blues to rock 'n' roll and rap. This book provides a vivid account of that process, beginning with the work songs and spirituals of slaves and continuing up to the present.

African-American Musicians tells the stories of figures such as bluesman Robert Johnson, whose guitar playing was so extraordinary that people said he must have made a deal with the devil; jazz great Duke Ellington, considered one of America's greatest composers and bandleaders; classical singer Marian Anderson, who struck a blow for civil rights with her music; Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop"; and many, many more.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
This slim volume is one of twelve books on African American contributions to America. Clearly, sixty pages are insufficient to cover the extraordinary influence of Black artists in American music. The book's format is easy to digest, with many pictures, insets of trivia about musicians and musical genres, and a certain amount of boiler plate text about Black Americans in general. The timeline is from "emancipation to Civil Rights," but stretches these boundaries by citing musical influences as early as the slave trade and as late as Hip-Hop and Gangsta Rap. While this is an adequate survey for young readers, there are clear oversights. The book refers to segregation without describing the real dangers to artists who tried to break color barriers in southern venues. There is also discussion of the influence of Black musical forms and artists like Muddy Waters and B.B. King on white artists (such as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton), but no mention is made of white impresarios such as Dick Clark, who took great risks to expose Black performers to a wider audience on TV and in live performances. It is curious to read about Michael Jackson with no mention of his origins in the Jackson Five. It is likely that most readers will focus their reading on chapters five and six, the chapters that deal with rock, funk, and hip-hop artists. The richest story this book tells, however, is of the ground-breakers, the musicians and singers who breached barriers with the beauty and energy of blues, jazz, gospel and ragtime. Back matter includes chronology, bibliography, and internet resources. Reviewer: Lois Rubin Gross

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781422223741
Publisher:
Mason Crest Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2012
Series:
Major Black Contributions from Emancipation to Civil Rights Series
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
7.48(w) x 9.41(h) x 0.31(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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