The Blue Devils of Nada: A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement

The Blue Devils of Nada: A Contemporary American Approach to Aesthetic Statement

by Albert Murray
     
 

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Murray gives readers the redefined essence of his lifetime meditation on the blues as this musical style informs American life. Here are incisive essays on writing, music, and art that go beyond the social-science fiction of Negrohood to describe in no uncertain terms what it means to be American.

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Murray gives readers the redefined essence of his lifetime meditation on the blues as this musical style informs American life. Here are incisive essays on writing, music, and art that go beyond the social-science fiction of Negrohood to describe in no uncertain terms what it means to be American.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A cultural theorist examines blues and jazz stereotypes. (July)
Library Journal
Long one of American literature's overlooked resources, novelist and essayist Murray (Stomping the Blues, LJ 2/1/77) here uses his considerable talent to ruminate on the impact of African American music on 20th-century American culture. Applying both his lifetime love of the jazz and blues idioms and his personal relationships with musical giants such as Duke Ellington and Count Basie, Murray examines the music in terms of the human, not merely the black, experience. It is in the human experience that Murray sees the essence of all culture-painting, music, or literature. Using the work of Ernest Hemingway as an illustration, he makes the point that treating art as sociopolitical protest is taking the easy way out. The aesthetic of jazz and blues looks for the universal in us all and celebrates it. This thoughtful book is essential for all humanities collections. [For a review of Murray's latest novel see p. 158.-Ed.]-Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307828620
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/19/2012
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
1,143,174
File size:
2 MB

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