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Continuity and Discontinuity: The Fifties

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/9780195109757.003.0008
                   Continuity and Discontinuity: The Fifties

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The 1950s came to a close with cool jazz and hard bop vying for fame, with the end of gospel's golden age, with the New Criticism and neoclassicism continuing to influence the concert-hall activity of black composers, and with R&B and rock ‘n’ roll in decline in the wake of Little Richard's retirement to the ministry, Chuck Berry's two-and-a-half-year prison sentence on morals charges, and the rise of the vapid and diluted croonings of singers such as Pat Boone and others of his generation of rock ‘n’ roll stylists. The author concludes that it would take a revolution to revive the African American musical tradition.

Keywords: New Criticism; neoclassicism; Little Richard; Chuck Berry; African American music

Chapter.  10450 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music

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