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Introduction

Samuel A. Floyd

in The Power of Black Music

Published in print January 1997 | ISBN: 9780195109757
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853243 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109757.003.0001
Introduction

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In this book, the author offers a method to the study of black music consistent with the music itself. The book follows the implications of “Ring Shout!,” significantly adding depth to the presented ideas. It is an analysis of the origin and development of African American music and musical culture. Figures and events that are important in achieving the goal of this book have been treated, regardless of their significance in the history of African American music. The book is based on the assumption that African musical traits and cultural practices played a foremost role in the growth and expansion of African American music. This book is intended as a medium of understanding the differences between vernacular and classical, formal and folk, academic and popular approaches of knowing, attending to, and criticizing music.

Keywords: black music; African American music; Ring Shout!

Chapter.  4964 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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