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ISBN-10:
0520243331
ISBN-13:
9780520243330
Pub. Date:
11/22/2004
Publisher:
University of California Press
ISBN-10:
0520243331
ISBN-13:
9780520243330
Pub. Date:
11/22/2004
Publisher:
University of California Press
Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop / Edition 1

Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop / Edition 1

by Guthrie P. Ramsey Guthrie P. Ramsey

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"This work easily makes Guthrie one of the top musicologists of his generation who writes on black music. The scope, depth, and breadth are highly impressive. His criticisms of other scholars are fair. And his treatments of black musical artists in time, in space, and in place are quite illuminating. I know no one else who has his mastery of knowledge over such a broad range of black musical works of different genres and periods."—Cornel West, Princeton University

"Witty, powerful, smart, opinionated, beautifully written, groundbreaking, and bold. Scholars will read Race Music and debate it for years to come."—Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

"Race Music is slammin'! Ramsey brilliantly interweaves oral history with his own scholarly readings of jazz, gospel, popular music, and film soundtracks with pathbreaking results. Race Music revolutionizes the way we receive and critique African American popular culture and provides a new context for our understanding of black music and cultural memory. A must read—-intelligent, engaging and powerful."—Rae Linda Brown, author of The Heart of a Woman: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price, 1887-1953

"One of the most engaging, thought provoking and original treatments of black music that I have read. Ramsey seamlessly combines ethnographic research, musicological theory, historical investigation, and personal narrative in a work that is at once rigorous and poetic. Spanning blues, gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, soul and hip-hop, Race Music offers us the scholarly monograph as jam session-a first-rate intellectual essay whose rhythms, tones, and melodious voice are as captivating as the music Ramsey brilliantly explains and masterfully performs."—Michael Eric Dyson, author of Open Mike and Holler If You Hear Me


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520243330
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 11/22/2004
Series: Music of the African Diaspora , #7
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 294
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)

About the Author

Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr. is a musicologist, pianist, composer and the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface

1. Daddy’s Second Line: Toward a Cultural Poetics of Race Music
2. Disciplining Black Music: On History, Memory, and Contemporary Theories
3. "It’s Just the Blues": Race, Entertainment, and the Blues Muse
4. "It Just Stays with Me All of the Time": Collective Memory, Community Theater, and the Ethnographic Truth
5. "We Called Ourselves Modern": Race Music and the Politics and Practice of Afro-Modernism at Midcentury
6. "Goin’ to Chicago": Memories, Histories, and a Little Bit of Soul
7. Scoring a Black Nation: Music, Film, and Identity in the Age of Hip-Hop
8. "Santa Claus Ain’t Got Nothing on This!": Hip-Hop Hybridity and the Black Church Muse

Epilogue: "Do You Want It on Your Black-Eyed Peas?"
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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