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The power of Black music : interpreting its history from Africa to the United States

Author: Samuel A Floyd, Jr.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bold and original, The Power of Black Music offers a new way of listening to the music of black America, and appreciating its profound contribution to all American music. Striving to break down the barriers that remain between high art and low art, it brilliantly illuminates the centuries-old linkage between the music, myths, and rituals of Africa and the continuing evolution and enduring vitality of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel A Floyd, Jr.
ISBN: 0195082354 9780195082357 0195109759 9780195109757
OCLC Number: 29670104
Description: 316 pages : illustrations, music ; 25 cm
Contents: African music, religion, and narrative --
Transformations --
Syncretization and synthesis : folk and written traditions --
African-American modernism, signifyin(g), and black music --
The negro renaissance : Harlem and Chicago flowerings --
Transitions : function and difference in myth and ritual --
Continuity and discontinuity : the fifties --
The sixties and after --
Troping the blues : From spirituals to the concert hall --
The object of call-response : the signifyin(g) symbol --
Implications and conclusions.
Responsibility: Samuel A. Floyd, Jr.
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Floyd has written a path-breaking book on the development of African-American music and its influence in America. He shows how African myths and ritual - especially the "ring-shout" dances that were  Read more...

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-Diligently traces the history of Black music--its African influences and evolution.---Emerge-Dares to take on the whole span of black musical history.---Chicago Tribune-Important...An exceptionally Read more...

 
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