The Power of Black Music
Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States
By (author) Samuel A. Floyd
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Power of Black Music by Samuel A. Floyd
Book DescriptionThe 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 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., the author, advocates a new critical approach grounded in the forms and traditions of the music itself.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195109757
(234mm x 155mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 16-Jan-1997
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Samuel A. Floyd
Power of Black Music, Hardback (July 1995)» View all books by Samuel A. Floyd
This study of the development of African-American music and its influence in America shows how African myths and ritual - especially the "ring-shout" dances that were ubiquitous in West Africa - underlie the development of all black musical forms in the USA.
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Author Biography - Samuel A. Floyd
Samuel A. Floyd, Jr. is Director of the Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago. He is also the editor of Black Music in the Harlem Rennaissance.
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