Music of the Common Tongue

Music of the Common Tongue

Survival and Celebration in African American Music

eBook - 1998
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Baker & Taylor
Examines the interaction between African and European music, and argues that African music can be used to resist state power

University Press of New England
"A magnificent book about Afro-American music and its impact on western culture. "--Race and Class
In clear and elegant prose, Music of the Common Tongue, first published in 1987, argues that by any reasonable reckoning of the function of music in human life the African American tradition, that which stems from the collision between African and European ways of doing music which occurred in the Americas and the Caribbean during and after slavery, is the major western music of the twentieth century. In showing why this is so, the author presents not only an account of African American music from its origins but also a more general consideration of the nature of the music act and of its function in human life. The two streams of discussion occupy alternate chapters so that each casts light on the other. The author offers also an answer to what the Musical Times called the "seldom posed though glaringly obtrusive" question: "why is it that the music of an alienated, oppressed, often persecuted black minority should have made so powerful an impact on the entire industrialized world, whatever the color of its skin or economic status?"

Publisher: Hanover, N.H. : University Press of New England, c1998
ISBN: 9780585371245
0585371245
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 495 p.)

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