Blues People: Negro Music In White America

By: Amiri Baraka

Category: Music

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Publisher: Harper

Released Date: 2002

ISBN: 068818474X

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"A must for all who would more knowledgeably appreciate and better comprehend America's most popular music." — Langston Hughes "The path the slave took to 'citizenship' is what I want to look at. And I make my analogy through the slave citizen's music—through the music that is most closely associated with him: blues and a later, but parallel development, jazz... [If] the Negro represents, or is symbolic of, something in and about the nature of American culture, this certainly should be revealed by his characteristic music." So says Amiri Baraka (previously known as LeRoi Jones) in the Introduction to  Blues People,  his classic work on the place of jazz and blues in American social, musical, economic, and cultural history. From the music of African slaves in the United States through the music scene of the 1960's, Baraka traces the influence of what he calls "negro music" on white America—not only in the context of music and pop culture but also in terms of the values and perspectives passed on through the music. In tracing the music, he brilliantly illuminates the influence of African Americans on American culture and history.

Author: Amiri Baraka

Publisher: Harper

Released Date: 2002

ISBN: 068818474X

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