Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me

African-American Narrative Poetry from the Oral Tradition, Includes CD

Edited by Bruce Jackson


© 2004 – Routledge

264 pages

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Paperback: 9780415969970
pub: 2004-03-18
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About the Book

First published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.


"Get your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me is a seminal work in both the collection and analysis of African American oral culture, indispensable to all students of American popular culture." -- Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Harvard University

"A stone cold classic! All you Hip Hop heads need to know this book if you want to know your roots"." -- Robin D. G. Kelley, author of Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination.

"Bruce Jackson's Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me is a pioneering work that is as fresh today as when it was first published. As this collection, and Jackson's astute analyses make clear, black oral poetry and folklore are great literature. Funny as all get out, full of biting wit and dazzling wordplay, this book drops more science than Einstein while proving the genius of black folk who created meaning and defended their lives through signifying words. I hope the hip-hop generation takes a look at this book that documents where it all got started!"

." -- Michael Eric Dyson, author of Mercy, Mercy Me: The Art, Loves & Demons of Marvin Gaye.

About the Author/Editor

Bruce Jackson has been the Director, Center for Studies in American Culture at the State University of New York at Buffalo since 1972, and is the Samuel P. Capen Professor of American Culture and a Distinguished Professor there. He is the author of numerous other books on folklore and criminal law, as well as fiction. His numerous awards and honors include his 2002 award of a Chevalier, l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, from the government of France. He lives in Buffalo.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
POETRY / General