Different Drummers: Rhythm and Race in the Americas

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Long a taboo subject among critics, rhythm finally takes center stage in this book's dazzling, wide-ranging examination of diverse black cultures across the New World. Martin Munro’s groundbreaking work traces the central—and contested—role of music in shaping identities, politics, social history, and artistic expression. Starting with enslaved African musicians, Munro takes us to Haiti, Trinidad, the French Caribbean, and to the civil rights era in the United States. Along the way, he highlights such figures as...
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Overview


Long a taboo subject among critics, rhythm finally takes center stage in this book's dazzling, wide-ranging examination of diverse black cultures across the New World. Martin Munro’s groundbreaking work traces the central—and contested—role of music in shaping identities, politics, social history, and artistic expression. Starting with enslaved African musicians, Munro takes us to Haiti, Trinidad, the French Caribbean, and to the civil rights era in the United States. Along the way, he highlights such figures as Toussaint Louverture, Jacques Roumain, Jean Price-Mars, The Mighty Sparrow, Aimé Césaire, Edouard Glissant, Joseph Zobel, Daniel Maximin, James Brown, and Amiri Baraka. Bringing to light new connections among black cultures, Munro shows how rhythm has been both a persistent marker of race as well as a dynamic force for change at virtually every major turning point in black New World history.
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Editorial Reviews

Oxford Journal - Kaima L. Glover

“A compelling interdisciplinary exploration of rhythm and sound in the circum-Caribbean.”
B.l.a.c.

“Examining Black music in the western hemisphere since slavery, this book makes clear the essential role it has played in culture, politics and social change.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520262836
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 7/15/2010
  • Series: Music of the African Diaspora Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Martin Munro is Associate Professor of French and Francophone Literatures at Florida State University.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Slaves to the Rhythm 1

1 Beating Back Darkness: Rhythm and Revolution in Haiti 24

2 Rhythm, Creolization, and Conflict in Trinidad 78

3 Rhythm, Music, and Literature in the French Caribbean 132

4 James Brown, Rhythm, and Black Power 182

Conclusion: Listening to New World History 214

Notes 227

References 251

Index 269

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