Journals Higher Education



Published: 03 December 2007

328 Pages | 34 b/w halftones, 19 line illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780195321234

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Music from behind the Bridge

Steelband Aesthetics and Politics in Trinidad and Tobago

Shannon Dudley

Music from behind the Bridge tells the story of the steelband from the point of view of musicians who overcame the disadvantages of poverty and prejudice with their extraordinary ambition. Literally referring to the poor neighborhoods nestled in the hills bordering Port of Spain to the East, "Behind the Bridge" is also a metaphor for conditions of social disadvantage and cultural resistance that shaped the steelband movement in the various Afro-Trinidadian communities where it first took root.


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