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Published: 27 July 1995

336 Pages | 2 figures, 19 musical examples, 5 rhythm examples

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

ISBN: 9780195082357

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The Power of Black Music

Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States

Samuel A. Floyd, Jr.

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 African-American music. Inspired by the pioneering work of Sterling Stuckey and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., author Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. advocates a new critical approach grounded in the forms and traditions of the music itself. He accompanies readers on a fascinating journey from the original rings of dance, drum, and song shared by people across Africa, through the ring shout's powerful merging of music and dance in the slave culture, to the funeral parade practices of the early new Orleans jazzmen, the bluesmen in the twenties, the beboppers in the forties, and the free jazz, rock, Motown, and concert hall composers of the sixties and beyond.
In The Power of Black Music , Floyd clearly shows that black folk culture remains a driving force in the black music of America, a force with the power to enrich cultures the world over.

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