Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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This powerful book covers the vast and various terrain of African American music, from bebop to hip-hop. Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., begins with an absorbing account of his own musical experiences with family and friends on the South Side of Chicago, evoking Sunday-morning worship services, family gatherings with food and dancing, and jam sessions at local nightclubs. This lays the foundation for a brilliant discussion of how musical meaning emerges in the private and communal realms of lived experience and how African American music has shaped and reflected identities in the black community. Deeply informed by Ramsey's experience as an accomplished musician, a sophisticated cultural theorist, and an enthusiast brought up in the community he discusses, Race Music explores the global influence and popularity of African American music, its social relevance, and key questions regarding its interpretation and criticism. Beginning with jazz, rhythm and blues, and gospel, this book demonstrates that while each genre of music is distinctpossessing its own conventions, performance practices, and formal qualitieseach is also grounded in similar techniques and conceptual frameworks identified with African American musical traditions. Ramsey provides vivid glimpses of the careers of Dinah Washington, Louis Jordan, Dizzy Gillespie, Cootie Williams, and Mahalia Jackson, among others, to show how the social changes of the 1940s elicited an Afro-modernism that inspired much of the music and culture that followed. Race Music illustrates how, by transcending the boundaries between genres, black communities bridged generational divides and passed down knowledge of musical forms and styles. It also considers how the discourse of soul music contributed to the vibrant social climate of the Black Power Era. Multilayered and masterfully written, Race Music provides a dynamic framework for rethinking the many facets of African American music and the ethnocentric energy that infused its creation.
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 IllustrationsPreface1. Daddy’s Second Line: Toward a Cultural Poetics of Race Music2. Disciplining Black Music: On History, Memory, and Contemporary Theories3. "It’s Just the Blues": Race, Entertainment, and the Blues Muse4. "It Just Stays with Me All of the Time": Collective Memory, Community Theater, and the Ethnographic Truth5. "We Called Ourselves Modern": Race Music and the Politics and Practice of Afro-Modernism at Midcentury6. "Goin’ to Chicago": Memories, Histories, and a Little Bit of Soul7. Scoring a Black Nation: Music, Film, and Identity in the Age of Hip-Hop8. "Santa Claus Ain’t Got Nothing on This!": Hip-Hop Hybridity and the Black Church MuseEpilogue: "Do You Want It on Your Black-Eyed Peas?"NotesSelected BibliographyAcknowledgmentsIndex