Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy

Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy

by William C. Banfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810872862

ISBN-13: 9780810872868

Pub. Date: 02/15/2010

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

No art can survive without an understanding of, and dedication to, the values envisioned by its creators. No culture over time has existed without a belief system to sustain its survival. Black music is no different. In Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy, William C. Banfield engages the reader in a conversation about the aesthetics and meanings

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No art can survive without an understanding of, and dedication to, the values envisioned by its creators. No culture over time has existed without a belief system to sustain its survival. Black music is no different. In Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy, William C. Banfield engages the reader in a conversation about the aesthetics and meanings that inform this critical component of our social consciousness.

By providing a focused examination of the historical development of Black music artistry, Banfield formulates a useable philosophy tied to how such music is made, shaped, and functions. In so doing, he explores Black music culture from three angles: history, education, and the creative work of the musicians who have moved the art forward. In addition to tracing Black music from its African roots to its various contemporary expressions, including jazz, soul, R&B, funk, and hip hop, Banfield profiles some of the most important musicians over the last century: W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Mary Lou Williams, John Coltrane, James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Wonder, among others. Cultural Codes provides an educational and philosophical framework for students and scholars interested in the traditions, the development, the innovators, and the relevance of Black music.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810872868
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
02/15/2010
Series:
African American Cultural Theory and Heritage Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
1,428,841
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I A Cultural Charge

Ch. 1 Black Notes and Cultural Codes: Makings of a Black Music Philosophy

Ch. 2 A New Black Music Arts Aesthetic

Ch. 3 A History of Aesthetic Definitions

Ch. 4 Hip to the Hop

Pt. II Building a Black Music Philosophy

Ch. 5 A Cultural Education

Ch. 6 Black Music Studies

Pt. III Mapping Black Music, History, Meaning, Codes, and Artistry

Ch. 7 African Roots to Blues, New Orleans, and Ragtime

Ch. 8 Jazz: The New Modern Mode of Being

Ch. 9 Race Records, Gospel, R&B, and Urban Blues

Ch. 10 Urban Contemporary: Soul, Funk, and Global

Ch. 11 Hip Hop: Connecting the Dots

Pt. IV Coda: Closing Themes

Ch. 12 Core Values and the Black Aesthetic Code

Appendix Recommended Music and Songs

Notes

Index

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