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Digging: The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

andquot;Ronnie Gilbertand#39;s life and new book are brilliant, inspirational, exuberant. She has brought me hope for fifty-five years now with no end in sight.andquot;and#160;andmdash;Anne Lamott, author of Help, Thanks, Wow

andldquo;A passionate life,and#160;boldly lived by a social and artistic rebel. Brava!andrdquo;and#160;andmdash;Joan Steinau Lester, author ofand#160;Fire in My Soul: Eleanor Holmes Norton

andquot;Ronnie Gilbert was living history, and Iand#39;m so grateful she wrote this book. My only regret is that she didnand#39;t live to see it published, but knowing her, the journey was the thing.andquot;and#160;andmdash;Janis Ian, Grammy Award winner and writer of andldquo;Societyandrsquo;s Childandrdquo;

andquot;What an extraordinary, well-lived, lefty/Jewish life, complicated and engaged, a glorious weaving of art and politics:and#160;hootenannies to Red-haters, Carnegie Hall to Mother Jones, womenand#39;s music and love for a woman to the bombing of Gaza.and#160;Sing now to the heavens, dear Ronnie!andquot;and#160;andmdash;Penny Rosenwasser, author ofand#160;Hope into Practice: Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears

andquot;A Radical Life in Songand#160;is an uplifting, bold, and adventurous journey with the resilient Ronnie Gilbert as she goes from challenge to challenge, from strength to strength, with gusto and heart.andquot;and#160;andmdash;Clare Coss,and#160;playwright and author of Emmett, Down in My Heart and Dr. Du Bois and Miss Ovington

andquot;Ronnie Gilbert approached her memoir as she lived her life: with love, compassion, and forthright courage. Vividly written, this splendid book presents a life of stunning surprises, harmony and struggle, and the enduring realities of political and personal activism, from the Weavers to Women in Black.andquot;and#160;andmdash;Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt, vols. 1andndash;2

and#160;

Synopsis:

Ronnie Gilbert had a long and colorful career as a singer, actor, playwright, therapist, and independent woman. Her lifelong work for political and social change was central to her role as a performer. Raised in Depression-era New York City by leftist, working-class, secular Jewish parents, Gilbert is best known as a member of the Weavers, the quartet of the 1950s and and#39;60s that survived the blacklist and helped popularize folk music in America. Her joyous contralto and vibrant stage presence enriched the celebrated group and propelled Gilbert into a second singing career with Holly Near in the 1980s and and#39;90s. As an actor, Gilbert explored developmental theater with Joseph Chaikin and Peter Brook and wrote and performed in ensemble and solo productions across the United States and Canada.

Ronnie Gilbert brings the political, artistic, and social issues of the era alive through song lyrics and personal stories, traversing sixty years of collaborations in life and art that span the folk revival, the Cold War blacklist, primal therapy, the back-to-the-land movement, and a rich, multigenerational family story. Much more than a memoir, Ronnie Gilbert is a unique and engaging historical document for readers interested in music, theater, American politics, the womenandrsquo;s movement, and left-wing activism.

Synopsis:

"As a commentator on American music, and African American music in particular, Baraka occupies a unique niche. His intelligence, critical sense, passion, strong political stances, involvement with musicians and in the musical world, as well as in his community, give his work a quality unlike any other. As a reviewer and as someone inside the movement, he writes powerfully about music as few others can or do."and#151;Steven L. Isoardi, author of Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles

"Every jazz musician who has endured beyond changing fashions and warring cultures has had a signature sound. Amiri Barakaand#151;from the very beginning of his challenging, fiery presence on the jazz sceneand#151;has brought probing light, between his off-putting thunderclaps, on what is indeed America's classical music. I sometimes disagree insistently with Amiri, and it's mutual; but when he gets past his parochial pyrotechnics, as in choruses in this book, he brings you into the life force of this music."and#151;Nat Hentoff, author of The Jazz Life

About the Author

Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones) is a writer and critic, the poet laureate of New Jersey, and Professor Emeritus of the State University of New York, Stony Brook. His many books include Blues People, Black Music, and The Music.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Essays

1. Griot/Djali: Poetry, Music, History, Message

2. Miles Later

3. The and#147;Blues Aestheticand#8221; and the and#147;Black Aestheticand#8221;: Aesthetics as the Continuing Political History of a Culture

4. Blues People: Looking Both Ways

5. Rhythm

6. The American Popular Song: and#147;The Great American Song Bookand#8221;

7. Blues Line

8. Cosby and the Music

9. Nina Returns

10. Jazz Criticism and Its Effect on the Music

11. Not and#147;the Bossand#8221;: Bruce Springsteen

12. Wynton Marsalis: Black Codes (from the Underground)

13. and#147;The International Business of Jazzand#8221; and the Need for the Cooperative and Collective Self-Development of an International Peopleand#8217;s Culture

14. Newarkand#8217;sand#8217; and#147;Coastand#8221; and the Hidden Legacy of Urban Culture

15. Black Music as a Force for Social Change

16. What You Mean, DuWop?

17. Classical American Music

18. Singers and the Music (A Theater Piece)

19. Newarkand#8217;s Influence on American Music

20. Black Music in Newark: A Proposal

21. Bopera Theory

22. and#147;Jazz and the White Criticand#8221;: Thirty Years Later

23. Random Notes on the Last Decade

Part Two: Great Musicians

24. Panthalassa: Miles Davis

25. When Miles Split!

26. David Murray, Mingand#8217;s Samba

27. David Murray, Fo Deuk Revue

28. David Murray, Addenda to a Concert

29. On Reissuing Trane

30. John Coltrane: Why His Legacy Continues

31. Some Memories of Alan Shorter: Interview with Wayne Shorter

32. High Art: Art Tatum

33. Max Roach at the Iridium

34. Paris Max

35. The Great Max Roach

36. Billie Holiday

37. The High Priest of Be Bop

38. Eric Dolphy: A Note

39. Jackie Mc

40. It Ainand#8217;t about You

41. You Ever Hear Albert Ayler?

42. Albertand#8217;s Will

43. Sassy Was Definitely Not the Avon Lady

44. Fred

45. Fred Hopkinsand#8217;s Memorial

46. Duke Ellington: The Musicand#8217;s and#147;Great Spiritand#8221;

47. Duke Was a Very Great Pianist!

48. Blind Tom: The Continuity of Americana

49. Don Pullen Leaves Us

50. Black History Month Rediscovers and#147;the Musicand#8221; in New York City

51. Black History Month Rediscovers and#147;the Music,and#8221; Part 2: The Charles Tolliver Big Band at the Jazz Standard

52. Wonderful Stevie

53. Abbey Lincoln

54. Four Tough Good-byes: Jackie McLean, John Hicks, Hilton Ruiz, Halim Suliman

Part Three: Notes, Reviews, and Observations

55. Impulse Sampler, Act on Impulse

56. Ralph Peterson

57. Andrew Cyrille, Good to Go

58. Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, Epitome

59. Ravi Coltrane, Moving Pictures

60. Donal Fox and David Murray, Ugly Beauty

61. Tyrone Jefferson, Connections

62. James Moody

63. Barry Harris: In the Tradition

64. Pharoah Sanders, Shukuru

65. Don Pullenand#150;George Adams Quartet, Breakthrough

66. Von and Chico Freeman, Freeman and Freeman

67. Alan Shorter, Orgasm

68. The Work Man: Reggie Workman

69. Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory

70. Jimmy Scott, But Beautiful

71. Malachi Thompson, Talking Horns

72. The Nexus Orchestra, Seize the Time

73. Three Fresh Ticklers

74. Rodney Kendrick, Last Chance for Common Sense

75. Jazz Times Review, Multiple Artists

76. More Young Bloods to the Rescue!

77. Vijay Iyer, Memorophilia

78. TriFactor, If You Believe

79. Live Lessons

80. New York Art Quintet

81. Peter Brand#246;tzmann, Nipples, and Joe McPhee, Nation Time

82. Jon Jang and David Murray, River of Life

83. Trio Three, Encounter

84. Jackie Mcand#151;Coming and Going

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520257153
Subtitle:
The Afro-American Soul of American Classical Music
Author:
Baraka, Amiri
Author:
Near, Holly
Author:
Gilbert, Ronnie
Author:
Baraka, Imamu Amiri
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Genres & Styles - Jazz
Subject:
African American musicians
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Jazz
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Subject:
General Music
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Music of the African Diaspora
Series Volume:
13
Publication Date:
20090526
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
25 b/w photographs
Pages:
436
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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"Synopsis" by ,
Ronnie Gilbert had a long and colorful career as a singer, actor, playwright, therapist, and independent woman. Her lifelong work for political and social change was central to her role as a performer. Raised in Depression-era New York City by leftist, working-class, secular Jewish parents, Gilbert is best known as a member of the Weavers, the quartet of the 1950s and and#39;60s that survived the blacklist and helped popularize folk music in America. Her joyous contralto and vibrant stage presence enriched the celebrated group and propelled Gilbert into a second singing career with Holly Near in the 1980s and and#39;90s. As an actor, Gilbert explored developmental theater with Joseph Chaikin and Peter Brook and wrote and performed in ensemble and solo productions across the United States and Canada.

Ronnie Gilbert brings the political, artistic, and social issues of the era alive through song lyrics and personal stories, traversing sixty years of collaborations in life and art that span the folk revival, the Cold War blacklist, primal therapy, the back-to-the-land movement, and a rich, multigenerational family story. Much more than a memoir, Ronnie Gilbert is a unique and engaging historical document for readers interested in music, theater, American politics, the womenandrsquo;s movement, and left-wing activism.

"Synopsis" by ,
"As a commentator on American music, and African American music in particular, Baraka occupies a unique niche. His intelligence, critical sense, passion, strong political stances, involvement with musicians and in the musical world, as well as in his community, give his work a quality unlike any other. As a reviewer and as someone inside the movement, he writes powerfully about music as few others can or do."and#151;Steven L. Isoardi, author of Central Avenue Sounds: Jazz in Los Angeles

"Every jazz musician who has endured beyond changing fashions and warring cultures has had a signature sound. Amiri Barakaand#151;from the very beginning of his challenging, fiery presence on the jazz sceneand#151;has brought probing light, between his off-putting thunderclaps, on what is indeed America's classical music. I sometimes disagree insistently with Amiri, and it's mutual; but when he gets past his parochial pyrotechnics, as in choruses in this book, he brings you into the life force of this music."and#151;Nat Hentoff, author of The Jazz Life

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