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Songs in the Key of Black Life: A Nation of Rhythm and Blues / Edition 1

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Overview

First Published in 2003. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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Editorial Reviews

The Washington Post
While the gears sometimes grind slowly, Neal creates a dense, sensuous space for a critical cultured black perspective, what Soul Babies called the "post-soul aesthetic" in black America. He illustrates his thesis through use of black vernacular forms to produce a voice that is both streetwise and scholarly: ". . . this book is also a reflection of my concerted efforts to create a critical language that is as 'fly, funky, and out tha box' as the very music and events that I scrutinize." Neal, an assistant professor at the State University of New York-Albany, may be the first writer capable of developing groundbreaking ideas in the academy and getting a new sticker on his "ghetto pass" in one stroke. — Rickey Vincent
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415965705
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/16/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 234
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Anthony Neal is Associate Professor of Black Popular Culture in the Program in African and African-American Studies at Duke University. Neal is the author of What the Music Said, Soul Babies, and Songs in the Key of Black Life, all published by Routledge.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
Introduction 1
1 Revolutionary Mix Tape 9
2 Grown-Ass Women 23
3 Diggin' the Scene (with the Gangsta Lean) 43
4 Habermas in the Hood 55
5 Oh My! (The Sexual Healing Interlude) 65
6 The E-Double and the Trouble Man 69
7 Bellbottoms, Bluebelles, and the Funky-Ass White Girl 79
8 Nuyorican Nostalgia 101
9 Some Otha Shit 117
10 Radio Free Soul 137
11 Big Pimpin' 151
12 But It's Not a Rap CD 163
13 Three the Hard Way 179
Notes 191
Index 201
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