Afro-Latin Music and Imperial Jazz
By (author) Timothy Brennan
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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 largely European outlook, these musical forms are completely modern in their sensibilities: they are in fact the very sounds 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 the European occupiers. In this groundbreaking new book, Timothy Brennan shows how the popular music of the Americas - the music of entertainment, nightlife, and leisure - 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. In doing so he explores the challenge posed by Afro-Latin music to a world music system dominated by a few wealthy countries and the processes by which Afro-Latin music has been absorbed into the imperial imagination.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781844672912
(233mm x 156mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Verso Books
Publisher: Verso Books
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Nationalism and Cultural Practice in the Postcolonial World, Hardback (May 1999)» View all books by Timothy Brennan
A major re-appraisal of debates on politics and culture in 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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