Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - A Right to Sing the Blues by Jeffrey Melnick

"Black-Jewish relations," Jeffrey Melnick argues, has mostly been a way for American Jews to talk about their ambivalent racial status, a narrative collectively constructed at critical moments, when particular conflicts demand an explanation. Melnick elaborates this idea through an in-depth look at Jewish songwriters, composers, and performers who made "Black" music in the first few decades of this century. He shows how Jews such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Al Jolson, and others were able to portray their "natural" affinity for producing "Black" music as a product of their Jewishness, while simultaneously depicting Jewishness as a stable white identity. Melnick also contends that this cultural activity competed directly with Harlem Renaissance attempts to define Blackness. Moving beyond the narrow focus of advocacy group politics, this book enriches our understanding of the cultural terrain shared by African Americans and Jews.

Buy A Right to Sing the Blues by Jeffrey Melnick from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780674005662
ISBN-10: 067400566X
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 155mm x 15mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2001
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - A Right to Sing the Blues by Jeffrey Melnick

Book Reviews - A Right to Sing the Blues by Jeffrey Melnick

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Right to Sing the Blues book by Jeffrey Melnick and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Jeffrey Melnick

Jeffrey Melnick is Associate Professor of American Studies at University of Massachusetts Boston.

Books By Jeffrey Melnick

9/11 Culture by Jeffrey Melnick
Hardback, July 2009
$141.26
Race and the Modern Artist by Jeffrey Melnick
Paperback, February 2002
$83.66