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A Change Is Gonna Come: Music, Race & the Soul of America

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Publisher Comments:

". . . extraordinarily far-reaching. . . . highly accessible."

-Notes

"No one has written this way about music in a long, long time. Lucid, insightful, with real spiritual, political, intellectual, and emotional grasp of the whole picture. A book about why music matters, and how, and to whom."

-Dave Marsh, author of Louie, Louie and Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story

"This book is urgently needed: a comprehensive look at the various forms of black popular music, both as music and as seen in a larger social context. No one can do this better than Craig Werner."

-Henry Louis Gates, Jr., W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University

"[Werner has] mastered the extremely difficult art of writing about music as both an aesthetic and social force that conveys, implies, symbolizes, and represents ideas as well as emotion, but without reducing its complexities and ambiguities to merely didactic categories."

-African American Review

A Change Is Gonna Come is the story of more than four decades of enormously influential black music, from the hopeful, angry refrains of the Freedom movement, to the slick pop of Motown; from the disco inferno to the Million Man March; from Woodstock's "Summer of Love" to the war in Vietnam and the race riots that inspired Marvin Gaye to write "What's Going On."

Originally published in 1998, A Change Is Gonna Come drew the attention of scholars and general readers alike. This new edition, featuring four new and updated chapters, will reintroduce Werner's seminal study of black music to a new generation of readers.

Craig Werner is Professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin, and author of many books, including Playing the Changes: From Afro-Modernism to the Jazz Impulse and Up Around the Bend: An Oral History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. His most recent book is Higher Ground: Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, and the Rise and Fall of American Soul.

Book News Annotation:

Werner (Afro-American studies, U. of Wisconsin) considers black music since the 1950s--notably gospel, blues, jazz--and people and styles influenced by it, all within a social context that pays close attention to race. He examines styles such as Motown, folk music, Southern soul, funk, disco, punk, and hip-hop. He discusses a wide range of artists including Mahalia Jackson, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, James Brown, John Fogerty, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, George Clinton, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Mary J. Blige, OutKast, Ozomatli, and Lauryn Hill. This edition replaces the last five chapters of the previous (1998) edition with four new and updated ones. The book contains an index of songs listed in the text.
Annotation 2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Book News Annotation:

Werner (Afro-American studies, U. of Wisconsin) considers black music since the 1950s--notably gospel, blues, jazz--and people and styles influenced by it, all within a social context that pays close attention to race. He examines styles such as Motown, folk music, Southern soul, funk, disco, punk, and hip-hop. He discusses a wide range of artists including Mahalia Jackson, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, James Brown, John Fogerty, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, George Clinton, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Prince, Mary J. Blige, OutKast, Ozomatli, and Lauryn Hill. This edition replaces the last five chapters of the previous (1998) edition with four new and updated ones. The book contains an index of songs listed in the text. Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Black popular music and offbeat performance, from Eartha Kitt to Meshell Ndegeocello

Synopsis:

Sounding Like a No-No traces a rebellious spirit in post-civil rights black music by focusing on a range of offbeat, eccentric, queer, or slippery performances by leading musicians influenced by the cultural changes brought about by the civil rights, black nationalist, feminist, and LGBTQ movements, who through reinvention created a repertoire of performances that have left a lasting mark on popular music. The book's innovative readings of performers including Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, Eartha Kitt, and Meshell Ndegeocello demonstrate how embodied sound and performance became a means for creativity, transgression, and social critique, a way to reclaim imaginative and corporeal freedom from the social death of slavery and its legacy of racism, to engender new sexualities and desires, to escape the sometimes constrictive codes of respectability and uplift from within the black community, and to make space for new futures for their listeners. The book's perspective on music as a form of black corporeality and identity, creativity, and political engagement will appeal to those in African American studies, popular music studies, queer theory, and black performance studies; general readers will welcome its engaging, accessible, and sometimes playful writing style, including elements of memoir.

Synopsis:

A Change is Gonna Come is a celebration of cultural tradition and an illustration of the way it can embrace us all.

About the Author

Francesca T. Royster is Professor in the Department of English at DePaul University. She is the author of Becoming Cleopatra: The Shifting Image of an Icon.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780472031474
Author:
Werner, Craig
Publisher:
University of Michigan Press
Author:
Royster, Francesca T.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ethnic
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Popular music
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Popular music -- United States.
Subject:
African Americans - History and criticism
Subject:
Blues
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Soul
Edition Description:
Revised Edition
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
488
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Black popular music and offbeat performance, from Eartha Kitt to Meshell Ndegeocello
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Sounding Like a No-No traces a rebellious spirit in post-civil rights black music by focusing on a range of offbeat, eccentric, queer, or slippery performances by leading musicians influenced by the cultural changes brought about by the civil rights, black nationalist, feminist, and LGBTQ movements, who through reinvention created a repertoire of performances that have left a lasting mark on popular music. The book's innovative readings of performers including Michael Jackson, Grace Jones, Stevie Wonder, Eartha Kitt, and Meshell Ndegeocello demonstrate how embodied sound and performance became a means for creativity, transgression, and social critique, a way to reclaim imaginative and corporeal freedom from the social death of slavery and its legacy of racism, to engender new sexualities and desires, to escape the sometimes constrictive codes of respectability and uplift from within the black community, and to make space for new futures for their listeners. The book's perspective on music as a form of black corporeality and identity, creativity, and political engagement will appeal to those in African American studies, popular music studies, queer theory, and black performance studies; general readers will welcome its engaging, accessible, and sometimes playful writing style, including elements of memoir.

"Synopsis" by , A Change is Gonna Come is a celebration of cultural tradition and an illustration of the way it can embrace us all.
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