9780688184742

Blues People : Negro Music in White America

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  • ISBN13:

    9780688184742

  • ISBN10:

    068818474X

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/25/2010
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publications

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Summary

''The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music -- through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... [If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this certainly should be revealed by his characteristic music."

So says Amiri Baraka in the Introduction to Blues People, his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, musical, economic, and cultural history. From the music of African slaves in the United States through the music scene of the 1960's, Baraka traces the influence of what he calls "negro music" on white America -- not only in the context of music and pop culture but also in terms of the values and perspectives passed on through the music. In tracing the music, he brilliantly illuminates the influence of African Americans on American culture and history.

This textbook is a seminal study of Afro-American music (and culture generally) by Amiri Baraka, who published it as LeRoi Jones in 1963

In Blues People Baraka explores the possibility that the level of assimilation of black Americans into American society can be traced through the evolution of African-American music. Baraka dedicates the book ''to my parents ... the first Negroes I ever met.''

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Great Reference Material, Great Reading March 26, 2011
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this book not only puts the music into perspective but also the struggle that still goes on to this day, Very upfront honest about problems that still linger, Jones traces the African American experience through their music. It is a hard book to put down, especially the first five chapters. I recommend this book to people who are looking for understanding in their roots
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