Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz
By (author) Timothy Brennan
Secular Devotion by Timothy Brennan
Book DescriptionPopular music in the Americas, from jazz, Cuban Latin and salsa to disco and rap, is overwhelmingly neo-African. Created in the midst of war and military invasion, and filtered through a Western worldview, these musical forms are completely modern in their sensibilities: they are in fact the very sound of modern life. But, the African religious philosophy at their core involved a longing for earlier eras - ones that pre-dated the technological discipline of labor forced on captive populations by capitalism.In this groundbreaking new book, Timothy Brennan shows how the popular music of the Americas - the music of entertainment, nightlife, and leisure - is involved in a devotion to an African religious worldview that survived the ravages of slavery and found its way into the rituals of everyday listening. He explores the challenge posed by Afro-Latin music to Western cultural imperialism, and the processes by which Afro-Latin music has been absorbed into the imperial imagination: how what was originally the artistic creation of a colonized people was transformed overnight into proof of what was most liberating about the society that did the enslaving.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844672905
(234mm x 165mm x 27mm)
Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Conservatism and Pragmatism illustrates the intersections between classical British Conservative thought and classical American Pragmatist philosophy with regard to methodology in politics, ethics, and law.
Secular Devotion, Hardback (September 2008)
Shows how the popular music of the Americas is an act of devotion to an African religious worldview that survived the ravages of slavery and found its way into the rituals of everyday listening. This book explores the challenge posed by Afro-Latin music to a world music system dominated by a few wealthy countries.
Wars of Position, Paperback (August 2007)
Taking stock of contemporary social, cultural, and political currents, this book explores turning points in the history of American intellectual life. It documents how alternative views were chased from the public stage by strategic acts of censorship, including within supposedly dissident wings of the humanities.
Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonial Studies, Paperback (July 2002)» View all books by Timothy Brennan
Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonial Studies provides a specifically Marxist intervention into postcolonial and cultural studies.
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Author Biography - Timothy Brennan
TIMOTHY BRENNAN is professor of comparative literature, cultural studies, and English at the University of Minnesota. His books include At Home in the World: Cosmopolitanism Now and, most recently, Wars of Position: The Cultural Politics of Left and Right. He writes for a number of journals, including New Left Review and The Nation.
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