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2nd Edition

African American Music
An Introduction

ISBN 9780415881814
Published September 25, 2014 by Routledge
482 Pages

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Book Description

American Music: An Introduction, Second Edition is a collection of seventeen essays surveying major African American musical genres, both sacred and secular, from slavery to the present. With contributions by leading scholars in the field, the work brings together analyses of African American music based on ethnographic fieldwork, which privileges the voices of the music-makers themselves, woven into a richly textured mosaic of history and culture. At the same time, it incorporates musical treatments that bring clarity to the structural, melodic, and rhythmic characteristics that both distinguish and unify African American music.

The second edition has been substantially revised and updated, and includes new essays on African and African American musical continuities, African-derived instrument construction and performance practice, techno, and quartet traditions. Musical transcriptions, photographs, illustrations, and new downloadable resources bring the music to life.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Antebellum Formations (1600s-1800s)  1. The Translated African Cultural and Musical Past Portia K. Maultsby  2. African Derived Instruments Ernest Brown  3. Secular Folk Music Dena Epstein w/ Rosita Sands  4. Spirituals Mellonee Burnim  Part 2: Post Bellum: Music in Transition (late 1800s-)  5. Quartets Joyce Jackson  6. Ragtime Ingebord Harer  7. Blues David Evans  8. Art/Classical Music Josephine Wright  Part 3: Music in Migration: Urban Voices (1900-)  9. Jazz Ingrid Monson  10. Gospel Mellonee Burnim  11. Musical Theater Thomas Riis  12. Rhythm and Blues Portia K. Maultsby  13. Soul Portia K. Maultsby  Part 4: Post Civil Rights and Into the New Millenium (1970s-2000s)  14. Funk Portia K. Maultsby  15. Disco and House Kai Fikentscher  16. Detroit Techno Denise Dalphond  17. Hip hop and Rap Dawn Norfleet Glossary Bibliography Discography/Videography Index

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Mellonee V. Burnim is Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Adjunct Professor of African American and African Diaspora Studies and Director of the Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University

Portia K. Maultsby is Laura Boulton Professor Emerita of Ethnomusicology in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and Adjunct Professor Emerita of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University.