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Black popular music in America : from the spirituals, minstrels, and ragtime to soul, disco, and hip-hop

Author: Arnold Shaw
Publisher: New York : Schirmer Books, ©1986
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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As Shaw correctly states, no single volume covers the history of black popular music in its entirety, and most studies have focused on the white mainstream. American pop music is in fact a blend of black and white musical influences that can be better understood if explored from a black perspective. Shaw examines five key black stylesminstrelsy, spirituals, ragtime, jazz, and bluesanalyzing the origins and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arnold Shaw
ISBN: 0028723104 9780028723105
OCLC Number: 472785786
Description: 386 s., tav. : illustrations
Responsibility: Arnold Shaw

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As Shaw correctly states, no single volume covers the history of black popular music in its entirety, and most studies have focused on the white mainstream. American pop music is in fact a blend of black and white musical influences that can be better understood if explored from a black perspective. Shaw examines five key black stylesminstrelsy, spirituals, ragtime, jazz, and bluesanalyzing the origins and developments of each, profiling important artists and songs, and exploring the "white synthesis." Often the "synthesis" has amounted to little more than a soulless white imitation of inspired black stylistic innovations.

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